Power rules the wavesThe 70th Annual Budweiser...


Power rules the waves

The 70th Annual Budweiser Hampton Cup Regatta, the nation's oldest continuously run powerboat race, roars into Hampton, Va., this weekend. About 120 of the fastest inboard and hydroplane watercraft are expected to participate in the three-day event.

From noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday, spectators will see the country's and Canada's hottest powerboats compete in five-mile races at speeds of 140 mph or more. Nine classes of boats will compete. Friday's and Saturday's races are elimination heats -- the winners-take-all finals are Sunday. The regatta also features family-style entertainment, including live music, food, displays and children's activities.

The regatta takes place on Mill Creek, between the community )) of Phoebus and Fort Monroe in Hampton. The main viewing area is on the Mercury Boulevard bridge over Mill Creek. Admission is free. Call (800) 800-2202. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Maryland's largest county fair, will celebrate the Year of the Dairy Goat and the Year of Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Photography during the 48th annual event, opening Friday in Gaithersburg. Fair activities will include goat milking and educational exhibits and a sculpture of a life-size family of dairy goats will be molded from 800 pounds of butter.

The nine-day event also will have grandstand entertainment, 4-H exhibits, arts and crafts demonstrations, animal shows, pig races, tractor pulls, a carnival and plenty of food.

Hours are 8 a.m. to midnight, tomorrow through Aug. 24. Admission is $3 for ages 12 and older during pre-fair weekend, Friday through Sunday, and $5 Monday through Aug. 24. Shuttle service is available to fairgoers and exhibitors at the Lakeforest Shopping Center. Call (301) 926-3100, Ext. 205.

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