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NT: Pappas announces 2017 Thunder on the Niagara at Gratwick Riverside Park


Tue, Jul 11th 2017 05:00 pm
North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas on Tuesday announced Snyder Industries will present the Thunder on the Niagara boat racing event, which will celebrate its 12th year at Gratwick Riverside Park. The "the fastest show on water" will take place Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6.
Snyder Industries will be the key sponsor for this year's event, while the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association will partner with the Hydroplane Racing League, formally called the American Canadian Hydroplane Association.
These organizations will have more than 70 race boat teams participating in the series event. The hydroplanes are high-performance boats that fly and thunder over the water at speeds up to 170 mph.
Representatives from the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association and several high-level North Tonawanda officials joined Pappas in announcing the event, which is the largest free motor sport event in the area.
"This popular event has been drawing thousands of people to Gratwick Riverside Park since 2006," Pappas said. "This is a beautiful venue with access to the mighty Niagara River, and we are proud to be the host city for this annual family-fun summer event."
The NFBRA announced the participation of food vendors and crafters, as well as the continuation of both new attractions from last year: the car show hosted by Buffalo Motorama, again taking place on Saturday, as well as the return of members of Frontier Skydivers Inc. showcasing their talents with an American/Canadian theme. The skydiving team is scheduled for a noon jump on Sunday.
The park opens each race day at 8 a.m., with the first race beginning at approximately 9 a.m. Parking will be available at Gratwick Riverside Park for a $10 donation and will include a race program. A portion of the proceeds of the parking fee will benefit Twin Cities Community Outreach.
Attendees are asked to enter the park using the Ward Road entrance. Additional information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Thunderontheniagara2015.

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