MT. Pleasant, TX • July 15-16, 2017
This weekend marked the tenth time the well-known “Quake on Town Lake” has hit the waters of Mount Pleasant, entertaining community members of all ages while raising funds for a great cause—their community owned hospice.
36 high-speed Outboard Drag Boats were featured in this year’s annual event, with racers brining their A-game in an attempt to advance to the fifth round of the Deep South Racing Association Tour.
“Quake on Town Lake and BBQ on the Bank were a wonderful event this weekend in Mount Pleasant for Cypress Basin Hospice,” said Niki Haynes, Volunteer Services Coordinator at Cypress Basin Hospice. “We are grateful to our amazing sponsors, volunteers, and especially DSRA for bringing this type of exciting event to Mount Pleasant and allowing it to benefit Cypress Basin Hospice.”
The event raised a total of $7,600 for Cypress Basin Hospice, which they will receive from the net proceeds of the weekend races and cook-out that ran July 15 and 16 at Town Lake. This year’s total of $7,600 is more than last year according to Haynes.
“All net proceeds from this weekend will continue to fund our mission of taking care of all Hospice appropriate patients regardless of their ability to pay,” Haynes said. “Funds raised this weekend will stay in our community helping your neighbors in need. We are blessed for the support we get each year at Quake in Town Lake and this year was a great success.”
Those in attendance got to check out some of the fastest boats on water battle it out on the 1/8 mile side by side Outboard Drag Boats race neck and neck while also enjoying a new feature added this year, the brisket cook-off “BBQ on the Bank”, where community businesses and individuals competed for the best brisket in Northeast Texas.
Being chosen as the first place winners by the judges and people’s choice was Guaranty Bank and Trust.
Second place went to Diamond C Trailers and third place for the best brisket in Northeast Texas was awarded to Up in Smoke out of Paris.
Prize money was awarded for first through third place with a traveling trophy being awarded to Guaranty Bank and Trust as the ”People’s Choice” Champion of the BBQ on the Bank.
All of the winning teams donated their prize money back to Cypress Basin Hospice.
“We are thankful for their kind hearts and generosity,” Haynes said. “Thank you to all of our teams who cooked and completed and to everyone who came out and ate. We appreciate you all so very much.”
10 lbs. of brisket was required of each of the entrants, as well as providing an additional 10 lbs. of a cook’s choice meat, including chicken, pork, or ribs.
Aside from the great food and vendors, those in attendance were also able to witness the some of the fastest boats in the world zip across town lake, and hometown Lake Racer Brad Spigener was even able to come away with first place after Saturday’s races, before finished second on Sunday.
“It was good close racing,” said Spigener. “Everyone within inches. Could have gone either way.”
Spigener, an Mount Pleasant resident born and raised, is currently in second place overall in the Deep South Racing Association.
Jacob Crabb of Mount Pleasant was also able to make quite a splash entering into the DSRA this year, as he was able to come away with a first place finish in the Pro Mod category, as well as a second place finish in the the Pro Drag.