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Last night’s celebration of high-performance powerboats and more at the Lake of the Ozarks was simply epic. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Covering the Desert Storm Poker Run, the Boyne Thunder Poker Run and the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout—OK, well, my fellow columnist Jason Johnson and I are just getting started on that one—I’ve had the great fortune of attending the three street parties that lead off each of these first-rate events. Each street party not only celebrates the finest go-fast boating hardware on the planet but also the three small towns—Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Boyne City, Mich., and Lake Ozarks, Mo.—that host them. Beyond an evening diversion for the participants, they exist to thank and show appreciation for the local townspeople and businesses that support the events.

Take nothing away from the Desert Storm and Boyne Thunder happenings, they were excellent. But last night’s Shootout On The Strip Meet and Greet powerboat display on Bagnell Dam Boulevard knocked me out me in a way no such event ever has before or likely ever will again.

What was so impressive about the Shootout On The Strip? A better question would be: What wasn’t?

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