A volunteer stepped up and gave the $71 to make it an even $70K, according to organizer Ron Duggan
was not expecting over $50,000 this year because the race had lost a couple of serious sponsors late in the game.
The proceeds from the golf tournament were up 50 percent and the PWC Dam Run brought in $3,000 more than last year.
New events added to the week, such as the Mini-Shootout remote control boat race and the Sharpest Shooter Contest, also helped raise the funding bar.
"People were very generous this year," Duggan
"It's like the Fourth of July weekend for Captain Ron's, we were full all the time.
It was our best weekend all year," Duggan
CJ's Mini Mart across from Captain Ron's said they saw a 50 percent increase in gasoline sales with racers coming in and purchasing sometimes $700 worth of high octane gasoline at a time for their boats.
"I want to thank Ron Duggan
staff and the many volunteers for insuring the continuance of this, the lakes largest, annual water event.
The TCLA is a financial sponsor of the Shootout.
"We can conservatively say there were approximately 75,000 people all together for the week's activities, most likely 80,000, with a record number of spectators on land this year," Duggan
"This is quite an honor," Duggan
"We are riding on the coattails of what the firefighters did for 19 years.
Local fire districts organized the Shootout before Duggan
stepped up three years ago and moved the venue to his
Captain Ron's restaurant.
"The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout has been established as a 'must see' event by race enthusiast.
We are very proud," Duggan
"So many racers showed up and brought their boat and the public came out in droves," Duggan
Fans were able to meet and greet racers and get an up-close look at the race boats.
Organizers are in negotiations with the City of Lake Ozark to add more hours to the event.
The Shootout Golf Tournament raised $5,300.
According to Duggan
, the Treasure Hunt event was a hit with prizes such as televisions and four-wheelers.
"We were apprehensive at first about moving the race course, but once the racers went down it they loved it," Duggan
Last year the racers had a problem seeing docks so the organizers flipped the course.
said the course is safer and the docks were not an issue this year.
The event, held at Captain Ron's, may be moved to a different lake in the area to accommodate a larger crowd.
Possible lakes for the new venue are located off Highway 42 and Highway 7.
"We also want to make it a longer running event, possibly all day," said Duggan
Organizers will most likely change the events day due to a conflict with the Big Fireman Motorcycle Rally which draws 1,500 riders from all over the country.
"We're not making any major changes to the races.
We are looking at expanding the side events," said Duggan
"I will make a few minor changes to the Captain Ron's property, such as adding televisions and speakers so that more people can watch the races on land.
Most of the changes will be in the week-long festivities surrounding the race," said Duggan
Organizers are trying to figure out a way to place a digital readout on the bluffs so race fans can see the speeds.
"There are logistical problems because of the space on the bluff," said Duggan
"Everything went smoothly and the 400-plus volunteers did a fantastic job," said Duggan