Manatee County government is truly excited to partner with the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto for the inaugural Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.
This free, family, fun event -- a signature event for our community that showcases the beautiful Manatee River and the mile and a half Riverwalk -- will bring an estimated 100,000 attendees from around the state of Florida and beyond.
The estimated crowd size will generate an influx of about $9 million that not only will bring revenues to our local businesses but also will expose our community to first-time visitors who hopefully will plan a future vacation to our destination based on their positive experience with the regatta.
Modeled after the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, the largest inland regatta in the United States, the Formula 2 powerboat racing event will feature top Superleague drivers who will surpass 100 mph and hit four-plus Gs in their turns as they navigate a mile-long course set up along the Manatee River.
In addition to the powerboat racing (which will include time trials, qualifying rounds and a championship) the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta will provide opportunities to enjoy additional on-shore entertainment suitable for all ages, including an extreme stunt show performed by XPOGO athletes, a high-energy canine show and frisbee catching routine, hydro-cross jet ski racing, a Jefferson Starship concert and a choreographed fireworks finale by Zambelli Fireworks.
Months of work have gone into the planning and preparation for the event, and we anticipate that, like Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Regatta, the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta will become a favorite annual event attracting quality visitors in search of family-friendly fun entertainment for all ages.
A complete schedule of events and more information on The Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta can be found: BradentonAreaRegatta.com.
Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, can be reached at Elliott.Falcione@BACVB.com or 941-729-9177 ext. 222.