Special to the Courier

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced today that Guntersville Lake HydroFest will return in to the H1 Unlimited and Grand Prix World hydroplane racing series in 2019.

The tourism office, in partnership with H1 Unlimited and GPW, plans to host the Unlimiteds and GPWs for three days of racing June 28-30, 2019, kicking off next year’s season of hydroplane racing.

The race at Lake Guntersville will take place in Browns Creek along Sunset Drive with the Guntersville Recreation Center to the Guntersville Water Treatment Plant offering prime spectator viewing. Planning is already under way for new additions to next year’s race weekend.

“Despite weather delays, HydroFest 2018 was a huge success with more than 11,000 through the gates on Sunday and close to 20,000 over the three-day event,” Norton said. “Hotels and campgrounds around the county were close to capacity and more than 3,700 tickets were purchased by out-of-state visitors from 19 states. This event brought national attention to our lake and our community. We are looking forward to next year’s race weekend and are already planning fun and exciting additions to HydroFest 2019.”

Charlie Grooms, chairman of the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series shared his excitement over the announcement.

“The H1 Unlimited community of boat racers and fans are beyond excited with the news we will be racing in 2019 on Lake Guntersville. Our experience at the inaugural HydroFest was exemplary, Grooms said. “The Guntersville team that put on the event, including the many volunteers, put on a first class event, and we are confident that will continue next year. Make plans to attend because it is going to be a must see, must attend event next June.”