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"Out There...Somewhere": Canceled Drag Boat Races Leave Fans With Noise, Horsepower Void

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It was scheduled for this weekend...the 28th annual Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat races.

It's been a July fixture in Augusta on the Savannah River for nearly a generation, but there is no need for tickets to ride this year. 

"Too much current in the river...the river is too high, there's a lot of debris coming down," said Mike McFetridge, who is from Anderson, South Carolina.

So because the Savannah River is too high, there's no drag boats? There's no crowds to watch? No satisfaction for the need for speed? No noise? You're kidding me!!

"I don't think there is anything that can replace it, it's been such a historic event," says Lynn McFetridge.

Mike and Lynn McFetridge have been coming from Anderson to the drag boat races since the beginning, with Mike volunteering at the boat ramp. Yes, they knew the races were cancelled, but they came anyway. No horsepower, heat, and noise this year leaves a big void. 

"There's nothing that can replace that. You could bring in the 105 Howitzers from Fort Gordon and light them off and it won't shake the ground like a Top Fuel Hydro does. It gets the blood going, I'm getting chills just talking about it," said Mike.

Well, for the sake of goose flesh, we need to find the drag boat fans an option...

Alright, what's needed? Well, it should involve a boat, and horsepower, and be fun to watch...

The Petersburg Boat Tour on the Augusta Canal, we went and checked it out, and listen to that baby roar. The Captain says drag boat fans can come for a ride...just be prepared to hold on tight.

Now, the top drag boats can hit 250 miles per hour, so how about the canal boat? "No, we won't hit that. We can cruise down the canals [at] 7 or 8 knots. That's our top speed," said Captain Bill Davidson.

"I like it a little bit faster, or my house boat," said Lynn.

The river won't be high forever, so I guess all we can do is sort of wait until next year. The river is full of geese, where the drag boats should be, and that one over there does look pretty quick.

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