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Return to Normalcy on Fast Track

(La Porte, IN) - LaPorte County officials are wasting no time getting back to normal judging by many upcoming events like jetski racing already scheduled.


Jetski racing is booked twice for the summer in Michigan City and once in LaPorte.


The jetski racing on Stone Lake in LaPorte on July 31 and August 1 is just one of the things happening over a four day period during the inaugural Lake Fest.


Other events like the July 4th parade in LaPorte and Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City cancelled last year by COVID-19 are returning.


Organizers feel comfortable about safety with people being vaccinated and restrictions like mask mandates throughout the nation being lifted or loosened.


“Our community is ready to get back to normal as much as normal can be,” said LaPorte Mayor Tom Dermody.


AquaX with headquarters in London, England and Apopka, Florida is bringing its jetski racers to LaPorte and for competitions at the lakefront in Michigan City on July 10-11 and August 7-8.


The races in August are part of the Great Lakes Grand Prix featuring two days of powerboat racing by drivers with Super Boat International out of Key West, Florida.


“We’re ramping up,” said Jack Arnett, Executive Director of the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


In 2019, the 11th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix and four days of related events like a block party downtown topped 200,000 in attendance.


Arnett said turnout for all events and outdoor activities this summer could be at levels never seen because of people cooped up for so long eager to venture back into society.


However, he believes vaccination rates in the coming weeks will be a factor in the actual numbers.


“The chips are lining up where everybody is just going to want to enjoy the summer and enjoy feeling safe again,” Arnett said.

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