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What’s New with the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout

In last week’s OffShoreOnly.com column, I wrote about some good news regarding the Qatar Team’s commitment to this year’s 26th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri. After last year’s record-setting 224-mph top speed by Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe in My Way, it was great to find out that there will be another potential 200-plus-mph boat in the mix this year as Al Adaa’am 96, the Qatar Team’s turbine-powered Mystic Powerboats catamaran, is expected to participate in one of the country’s most popular performance boating events in late August.

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Not only will Captain Ron’s be the place to be for Saturday and Sunday’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout top speed runs, but the restaurant in Sunrise Beach, Mo., will be the final stop for Friday’s poker run this year. Photo by Jason Johnson.

But, as anyone who has been to the Shootout can attest, the event isn’t just about the Top Gun winner or Saturday and Sunday’s top speed runs in general. It’s about having fun on and off the massive lake no matter what kind of boat you own. And that’s exactly why the event, which technically runs from August 16-24 with tons of activities on the lake, is adding the Lil Boat and Pontoon Poker Run on Tuesday, August 19.

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