MADISON, IN (WAVE) - There are signs pointing to economic recovery in a small southern Indiana city. The Madison Regatta is attracting thousands of people annually, but this year organizers say they may have new record attendance.
"It is the best small Midwestern town as far as people, friendly people, lots of things to do, historic sights," said City Councilman Rick Berry. "It's just wonderful."
Berry says the Regatta brings in tourists and money to Madison, a place he's called home for more than 50 years.
"I'm a big fan of Madison and I'm a big fan of the Regatta," said Berry.
There were many people who traveled to the city just fore the boat races.
"It's pretty cool," said first-timer James Buck. "You put a jet plane on the water and you gonna have something happen."
Hydroplane racing can go more than 200 miles-per-hour. The Regatta is the city's biggest draw of the year.
The event has its first sponsor in five years, which is Lucas Oil and organizers are predicting records crowds, allowing fans to bring in their own coolers and lawn chairs.
"That's a lot better than some of the enclosed events like NASCAR where you're pretty much stuck with $20 cokes and that sort of thing," said Joe Hertz of the Madison Regatta Inc.
People filled the lawns, setting-up shop where ever they could to watch the races.
"Trying to hit the shade, it's kind of hard," said first-timer Bob Thomas. "Everybody else beat us to the punch I think on the shade."
The Governor's Cup was the last race of the day. The winner was hometown favorite Miss. Madison.
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