Event Category: Community Event
Three Lakes Shootout to Partner with AmVets
The Three Lakes Shootout Boat Race & Fly-in Executive Committee is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the American Veterans (AmVets) organization for the 2017 event. This year’s Shootout, now entering its 10th year, will be held Friday and Saturday, June 23rd and 24th on Big Stone Lake. Friday night includes a static display of all boats at Bonnie’s Lakeside Restaurant 1 mile east of Three Lakes on Highway 32, from 5 PM to 9 PM. Saturday’s racing begins at 11 AM and goes to 5 PM at Anchor Marine and Sunset Grill on Big Stone Lake at the end of the Three Lakes Airport runway.
AmVets is the largest and oldest veterans service organization that is open to and fights for all veterans and their families. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, the organization currently has more than 50 chapters in Wisconsin, locally in Tomahawk, Land O’Lakes, and Rhinelander. AmVets has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Membership is open to anyone who honorably served or currently serving in the US Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reserves. The organization is chartered by Congress to assist veterans in all aspects of their lives from disability claims and PTSD counseling to finding jobs.
The AmVets Chapter in Rhinelander is located at the Rhinelander Veterans Center at 1002 Coon St., which also houses the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Military Support Group.
Over the past nine years, the Three Lakes Shootout and Fly-in provided funds for the Three Lakes Fire Department, which were used to assist in building and equipping Fire Station No. 2, on Hwy 32. Shootout proceeds also helped in the purchase of the Three Lakes Fire Department Rescue Boat.
The 10th anniversary of the Shootout is expected to draw over 100 race boats from across the country, including from Florida, Texas and North Dakota, with each vying for Top Gun honors against the radar gun over a 1000 ft. course. The free, family-friendly event also includes food and beverages for sale on site, along with 50/50 raffles, vintage aircraft of all kinds on display 500’ from the boat race, raffle chances to ride in a race boat, bleacher and tent seating, and free shuttles from area parking. Spectator boats are encouraged to anchor adjacent to the race course for maximum viewing opportunities.