Tastin’ n Racin’ events offer something for everyone

June 7, 2011

By Staff

At about 9 a.m. June 11, the quiet atmosphere around Lake Sammamish State Park will be broken by the sounds of boat engines at the 15th annual Tastin’ n Racin.’

Tastin’ n Racin’ has become a popular Northwest event where the appetizers are on shore and the main course is served on the lake.

Racing begins at 9 a.m. June 11 and June 12. The menu of races features many boats from Northwest Limited Hydroplane Racing. Among the boats in action are 1 litre, 2.5 litre, 2.5 modifieds, 5 litre, national modified, Grand Prix and vintage hydros, superstock, pro-stock and the nostalgic flatbottom boats.

Fans of jet skis will be entertained by the Personal Watercraft races. There will be nearly 90 racers who will compete in a variety of events, including performance jumps, racing around ovals and maneuvering through obstacle courses.

The finals of the races, the KZOK 102.5 Cup, are set for June 12.

On shore, there will be exhibits of current and classic unlimited hydroplanes.

Tastin’ n Racin,’ however, offers more than just boats and boat races. It actually has something for the entire family.

The GTO Legends Car Club will be there June 11 to show off their automobiles. On June 12, there will be a custom car and hot rod show. The Seafair pirates invade the park at noon June 12, too.

In addition, Tastin’ n Racin’ offers music, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and a family area. Music will come from local and regional singers and bands.

The family fun area has an inflatable children’s slide, face painters, pony rides and a giant slide.

Tastin’ n Racin’ will go on whether it rains or the sun shines. Last year, the event drew a record 60,000 people and Tastin’n Racin’ officials hope with warm weather scheduled for the weekend that another large crowd will show up.

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