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Boaters battling it out on Lake D'Arbonne

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Farmerville Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Battle of the Bonne. The two-day boat racing event is happening on Lake D'Arbonne this weekend.

"We run side by side drag racing, just like you would see with cars for any drag racing event. They come in, they run side by side, first one to the finish wins,” Russ Rogers, race announcer for Deep South Racing Association, said.    

But before the race, boats are weighed. And depending on the class, winners can get anywhere from $700 to $2500 in cash prizes.

Rogers says the family friendly event draws competitors from all around.

“We've got boats here from Florida, Alabama, a couple from Tennessee. It's a pretty wide ranging sport because people know it's a competitive atmosphere," Rogers said.   

Passion is a must in this sport, because these racers have to dedicate lots of time and effort into their boats.

"Some of these guys have spent 50-, 60-, $70,000 to get these boats to run the way they do," Rogers said.

It's a very expensive hobby and those who participate in boat drag racing say they do because it fuels their need for speed.  

And if you're an amateur, you can still race, even if your boat can't run at 100-miles an hour like these.

And on Sunday, the races begin at 11 a.m. on Ramp Road off Highway 33. It's $10 for adults and children 12 and under can watch the races for free.
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