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Powerboat races bring economic boost to the two Virginias

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HINTON (WVVA) -- Sunday's rain did not stop power boat racers from racing or spectators from spending.  The races are one of the highest grossing events for Summers County throughout the year.

Organizers say 200-300 people come from out of the area including the racers, their crews and family and friends.  Plus, people from all over the two Virginias come and spend the weekend watching and camping.

These people spend their money at local restaurants, hotels, gas stations and other tourist attractions, providing a boost to the local economy during tough economic times. 

"We think this is good for the community, plus it shows off our area, lets people know what we have hear in West Virginia," says Mary Haley with the Summers Co. Chamber of Commerce. "And we have one of the best lakes in the country, and it is the best lake for the racers, so they're really pleased with it."

"Every time we go we got to bring money to do it, so it's going to help the economy somehow, at least a little bit, at least in these areas," says Chris Johnson, Race Director.

Even more money will be on its way to Summers County in 2016; they'll be hosting the National Boat Races.  Those races are expected to bring in triple the amount of people and revenue. 

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