Alabama AquaPalooza event breaks record

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Sea Ray Boats and Russell Lands On Lake Martin say that more than 4,000 boats and 35,000 people attended Alan Jackson’s headline performance at Saturday’s AquaPalooza signature event on Lake Martin, Ala.

The event, held at Kowaliga Bay, set a record for any AquaPalooza signature event. This year’s attendance figures represent an increase of more than 50 percent over last year’s numbers, making it the largest signature event in the four-year history of AquaPalooza, organizers said.

“We are extremely pleased at how things turned out at our AquaPalooza signature event this year,” said Rob Noyes, vice president of marketing for Sea Ray, in a statement. “It shows that Sea Ray continues to invest in the future of boating. AquaPalooza is about sun and fun, great music and togetherness with family and friends.”

The July 24-26 event featured a concert by Jackson, as well as up-and-coming artists Matt Stillwell, the Carter Twins, Caitlin and Will, and Jypsi. Boats were packed stem-to-stern for more than a mile, and many fans donned their inner tubes and water noodles to paddle close to the water-pit at the bottom of the stage.

In addition to the signature event on Lake Martin, this year’s AquaPalooza consisted of more than 100 events held around the world during the last two weekends of July.

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3 comments on “Alabama AquaPalooza event breaks record

  1. pilothouseking

    He isn’t kidding!  Once on the 4th of July there, I wished I had a recording of just the sound of all the engines cranking after the fireworks show and could had sent that sound to Osama Bin Laden and say “hey dude, hear that?  That’s just the sound of us having FUN in our boats, imagine what it’s going to sound like if America ever unleashed it’s CITIZENS with our own machines and weapons on you?”   I think THEN and only then would he grasp the power of America and it’s citizens.   The roar across the lake was beautiful and everybody had mufflers! 

  2. Commenter-in-chief

    Hats off to Sea Ray for working hard to make it happen in a down economy.  That event had to take a year of planning.  I hope that prospective boat buyers take notice of the great things Sea Ray does for their owners. 

  3. TEX

    Just goes to show you, that in this age of bad news and a tough economy, people need to have fun more than ever.  Good job Sea Ray, and good job Rob, for not giving up the ship and only hunkering down in a survival mode.

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