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Offshore Super Series Returns to Orange Beach for Thunder on the Gulf and Expanded Race Village Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL-Get revved as the nation's premier powerboat racing league sets the gulf waters on fire August 14-17 for the 6th Annual...

Offshore Super Series Returns to Orange Beach for Thunder on the Gulf and Expanded Race Village

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL-Get revved as the nation's premier powerboat racing league sets the gulf waters on fire August 14-17 for the 6th Annual Thunder on the Gulf presented by Brett/Robinson and Perdido Beach Resort. About 30 racing teams from the Offshore Super Series will converge on Orange Beach and Race Village for an exhilarating weekend that was recognized as one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for the month of August 2008.

Grab a seat on the sugar white sand or a ring-side balcony view for an exciting Sunday afternoon of racing, which starts at noon. See which team has the guts to run full-throttle through the 6.2 mile race course that stretches from Phoenix 1 Condominium east to the Perdido Beach Resort. Aiming for the start/finish line at the Island House Hotel, teams in each of the five classes are gunning for their portion of the $50,000 purse. Stay on top of the exciting racing action by tuning into Sunny 105.7 FM, who will be broadcasting live the entire afternoon. Also, the liquid race course will come alive on Saturday for testing from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

But before you see these monsters sail through and sometimes over the gulf waters, get an up-close view of the boats and meet the race teams at the newly expanded Race Village at The Wharf. Your racing weekend is not complete without a stop by this exciting venue, which will be open on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Get a few autographs, snag the official Thunder merchandise and browse through all the retail vendors. Numerous food vendors will be on hand to refuel your hungry body while your ears and toes will be rocking to the sounds of the live entertainment.

Not overlooking the youngest fans, children can play at Kid's Village, where several vendors will offer age-appropriate activities (such as sand art, face painting, hair wraps and rock wall climbing) and several special appearances from Home Depot Kid's building projects, the Orange Beach Police Department K-9 unit and the stars of the Animal Planet Series, "The Little Zoo That Could." Kid's Village will be open on Friday from noon until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

A Sunday evening awards ceremony is set for Race Village at Wharf. This free event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. Then, The Wharf will present a live concert with Sugarland and special guest LeAnn Rimes.

"The excitement and anticipation surround this event is unbelievable," said Herb Malone, president/CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Both race fans and the OSS teams love our action-packed venue, which features a special dash of southern hospitality. On the business side, the 2007 event generated over 14,200 room nights for the area and an additional $4.9 million in total spending."

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