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Winona Steamboat Days, Winona, Minnesota

Brianna Johnson US Title Hydroplane Race
Brianna Johnson competing in the 500cc Hydroplane class in the US Title Series, Championship Powerboat Race, one of several events part of the annual Steamboat Days Festival

Winona, MN

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- Steamboat Days Festival

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Winona Steamboat Days
June 12 -17, 2012

Winona's annual community festival, Steamboat Days, occurs during the third week in June. over a 5 day period. Chock full of events, including daily musical entertainment on the outdoor stage, a 5K walk/run, community theater productions, a craft show, kids fishing tournament, softball tournament, tennis tournament, a classic & custom car show, and a championship power boat race. Jo and I caught a portion of Satuday's events during the festival in 2011.

Steamboat Days CarnivalThe carnival midway offered lots of fun, especially for the kiddies: cotton candy, ferris wheel, merry go round, train rides, car rides, boats, and food fun.

Winona Car Show


We got to the car show just a little too late to see the main show but a few nice show pieces were still there.Winona Car Show

 

 

 

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US Title Series Championship Race

US Title Series PowerBoat Race

It was great day for a powerboat race. Partly cloudy, mild temperature, a little bit of haze in the air, and no chop on the water. In the foregrouind of the picture of a racer pit area is a 350cc hydro (M50) run by Ike Yoder and a 125cc runabout (V26) run by Erin Barth.

Amy Nydahl

Amy Nydahl, from Bristol, Wisconsin shown here competing in the 125cc hydroplane class. She finished in second place. The day before she took the overall win in the 250cc hydro class.Amy Nydahl

Brianna Johnson Brianna Johnson of Bloomington, Minnesota was another female competitor. She earned a third place overall finish in the 500cc Hydroplane class.

Brianna JohnsonHer boat ran very smoothly yet it was apparent it was slower in the straight-aways than many of her competitors. In talking to her Mom Barb I discovered why. She is currently running a 375cc engine, getting familiar with the boat and racing in the 500cc class before "graduating" to a bigger engine.

Sean McKean

Sean McKean had the fastest boat in the 500cc Hydroplane class. In fact Sean holds the world speed record for the 500cc hydro class at 126 miles per hour.

Ike Yoder and Sean McKean
But in the third heat Ike Yoder used his racing expertise to keep ahead of McKean and nose him out at the finish line.

Sean McKean and Ike Yoder

 

Almost a photo finish. But McKean's victories in the first two heats gave him the overall title.

See our Winona PowerBoat Race Video US Title Series Race

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Winona Events and Festivals

bulletWinona Steamboat Days - June 15-19

bulletGreat River Shakespeare Festival - June 22 - July 31

bulletWinona to La Crescent Steam Locomotive Color Train

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Winona, MN Travel & Visitor Links

quiltbullet US Title Series Championship Website
quiltbullet Winona Visitors Center
quiltbullet Great River Shakespeare Festival
quiltbullet Winona Steamboat Days
quiltbullet Prairie Island Campground


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