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Marble Falls LakeFest hits the water May 21-22

LakeFest in Marble Falls kicks off the Southern Drag Boat Association's 2022 season on May 21-22. Photo by William Brown

LakeFest on Lake Marble Falls starts the Southern Drag Boat Association's 2022 season on Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. Racing takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The qualifying races are on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday.

A free Show and Shine, where fans can see the boats up close and meet drivers and crews, is 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J South.

At least 100 boats in all categories are expected to compete, according to race organizer and SDBA Director David Carroll, including the stars of the event, the top fuel hydro boats, which can reach speeds of up to 250 mph.

“We have two top fuel teams coming this year, and it’s been a number of years since we’ve had that,” he said. “These are the boats everyone loves to see go down the lake.”

The SDBA series has five races plus the season finals in September in September and the nationals in November. Racers at the Marble Falls event will be competing for qualifying points.

General admission tickets for LakeFest race days for ages 13 and older are $30 each day and include a pit pass to Johnson Park. General admission for ages 7-12 is $15 each day and also includes a pit pass. Veterans, military members, and seniors 65 and older can purchase daily general admission tickets for $25 each, pit pass included.

Tickets for the Top Eliminator Club are $150 and include admission, breakfast and lunch both race days, two drink tickets for adults, a free T-shirt and swag bag, and access to a climate-controlled indoor area with reserved outdoor viewing. Top Eliminator Club tickets for ages 7-12 are $60.

Pit pass tickets, which only get you access to the Johnson Park pits, are $5.

All tickets are available online at or the gate.

Market Day at LakeFest will take place on Saturday near Lakeside Park from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. Shop for crafts, baked goods, and more.

For more information on drag boat racing, visit the Southern Drag Boat Association website at

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