'Fastest show on H20' comes to Barker's IslandThe first ever Superior Watercross Shootout will take place this weekend at Barker’s Island. Preliminary races are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday and the finals are Sunday. The event will take place in the same area as the annual Dragon Boat races.
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
The first ever Superior Watercross Shootout will take place this weekend at Barker’s Island. Preliminary races are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday and the finals are Sunday. The event will take place in the same area as the annual Dragon Boat races.
Around 70 International Watercross Association riders from around Minnesota and Wisconsin will compete in drag and oval racing. Drag racing starts from the shore and the riders drive 300 feet out and back at speeds more than 60 mph. Oval racing is a “fight to the finish” race around a track outlined by buoys.
“The excitement has been building in the Superior community because this event is amazing to see. We are so thrilled to be a part of it,” said Kimberly Carr, Live Events Manager for Townsquare Media Duluth. “Townsquare Media Duluth has been working hard to create heritage community events that people will look forward to year after year. We feel that the excitement that surrounds watercross will continue to grow and make this annual event a profitable one for local businesses.”
Carr said working with the city of Superior has been nothing but positive.
“It’s been amazing, everyone from the city council to the fire and police chiefs have been enthusiastic about what we are doing,” Carr said. “They’re excited about the business this event will bring to their city and are eager to see how it can grow.
“When we first started planning this event we drove all over Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin looking at possible venues. We chose Barker’s Island for many reasons. It’s a smaller waterway that can be closed off, it has lots of viewing areas for attendees, and there are lots of choices for entertainment and lodging in the Superior/Duluth area for anyone coming from out of town.”
Tic kets are $15 for a one day pass or $20 for a weekend pass.
For more information on the event, and to purchase tickets, visit www.superiorwatercross.com.
The weekend begins tonight at Norm’s Beer and Brats with a street dance, live music and barbeque. … Racing begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. … Heat racing will be completed around 5 p.m. Saturday and finals will conclude around 4 p.m. Sunday. … Following racing on Saturday the KeyPort Lounge will host an outdoor concert by Big Wave Dave and The Ripples. … The awards ceremony will be at Barker’s Island Inn immediately following racing on Sunday.
There will be limited parking on Barker’s Island. Alternate parking will be at the Mariner Mall and shuttle buses will bring attendees to and from the mall to the race site. Designated parking will be located on the South side of the mall adjacent to Food Service Marketplace. … Busses will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 to 5 p.m. Satur day. … There is no overnight camping at Barker’s Island or at the Mariner Mall. … Accessible handicap parking will is available in the parking lot located on the northwest end of the island.
The swimming beach and surrounding area, including the boat launch, will be closed to the public for the event (with the exception of the Charter Fishing operations). … Barker’s Island Inn, Barker’s Island Marina and the Ship’s Store, the SS Meteor, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and Captain J’s Miniature Golf will be open all weekend and available to the public.