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Lake McSwain boat races planned for Saturday

Speedboats and professional wakeboarders will descend on Lake McSwain for a day of racing, exhibitions and family fun at Fall Fest 2014.

“This is going to be one day on the lake that you absolutely don’t want to miss,” Bret Theodozio, director of Merced Irrigation District Parks and Recreation, said in an MID press release. “Whether you’re a serious motor-sports fan or just looking for a fun day at the lake with your family, we have something for everyone.”

The festivities and speedboat races begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Entrance to the McSwain recreation area is $8 per vehicle, according to the release.

Speedboats, also known as “hot boats,” will reach speeds of up to 150 mph on Lake McSwain during races being held throughout the day. There will also be exhibitions from pro wakeboarders from noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Bounce houses will be on hand for kids, and there will be plenty of food and drink vendors.

During the event, no other boats will be allowed on Lake McSwain. Fishing will be limited to areas east of the A Loop campground and heading upstream. Fishing won’t be allowed between the A Loop campground and the McSwain Dam between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. that day.

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