Rumble on the River 2023 set for July 15-16

Published 4:00 pm Thursday, July 13, 2023

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Demopolis is known for a lot of things, and one of those things is hosting events on the Tombigbee River. One its summer events is Rumble on the River that brings out boating fans of all ages.

This year’s Rumble on the River will be Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. Saturday’s race will begin at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday’s will begin at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 and children four and under get in free.

Food vendors such as Tisha’s BBQ and More will be present for the event and will have half chicken plates, pulled pork plates, catfish, crab boils, and other items.

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This is a two-day event of the Outboard Drag Boat Association. The speed boat races are held on the Tombigbee River with over 100 boats competing. The spectators can enjoy the races from the banks of the Tombigbee at the Demopolis City Landing. There is also live entertainment, children’s activities and good food to enjoy.

Each boat races in a different class and racers were divided into six classes: Pro Stock, Pro Mod, Unlimited, Lake Racer, River Racer, and V6 Pro. Each class has up to 10 boats that race on an 800ft track and ran at over 100mph.

Rumble on the River brings out boating and racing enthusiasts and often draws a fairly large and diverse crowd to Demopolis. Last year’s event saw a large turnout for the event on both days, with visitors coming from as far away as Florida.