ZOOM! Here comes Bay City River Roar

Bay City River Roar

If you're heading to Bay City this weekend, you might want to take your ear plugs. The 26th annual River Roar is splashing back into the Saginaw River, with new events but the same old fun for the first weekend of summer.

The event runs Thursday thru Sunday and is presented by Maier And Associates and Graff Bay City. According to a news release, racers will come from ten states and two countries for this third race of the 2013 race season.

NEW THIS YEAR: admission to both Veteransâ?? Memorial and Veteransâ?? Memorial Parks is Free. They will continue to ask race fans to donate a non-perishable food item for Hidden Harvest. Fans have donated more than 10,000 pounds of food in recent years and will continue the effort even with free admission.

The Carnival is much larger this year, and opens tomorrow night in Vetsâ??Park. The rides will start at 4-pm Thursday, 3-pm Friday, Noon on Saturday and 1-pm on Sunday. There is a charge for each ride, but admission to the carnival area is Free!

Also new this year in Wenona Parkâ?¦. Brews At The Banks. The new Brew Pub Tent will feature specialty beers from a variety of breweries. The "beer village" format will be open from noon to 5-pm on Saturday and Sunday,

New in the band shell this year Rockinâ??Roarâ?¦live music between the racing on the river. Saturday will feature The Josh Ramses Band and The Toyz. Sundayâ??s entertainment will be The Last and The Bourdons. Again, admission to the park is free.

Our Friday night concert this year features April Wine, Blue Oyster Cult and Night Ranger. Gates open at 5-pm and the music begins at 7-pm.

River Roar has had 12 different Formula 1 winners over the years. This year will be one of the largest and most competitive races...with, 44 boats pre-registered across three classesâ?¦Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Light. Four time winner Terry Rinker is this yearâ??s series points leader after two races heading into Bay City.

The race is run between the bridges on the Saginaw River. Itâ??s 1-1/4 mile long, an oval shape course run around 4 bouys. Its only 700 feet wide. Thatâ??s wide enough for racing and narrow enough that spectators are so close they can feel the spray when the boats wiz by at more than 100 miles per hour. Bay City is considered the best viewing of all the race locations.

Full details on scheduling and sponsorships is available at and on their facebook page.