Alabama AquaPalooza event breaks record


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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