It isn’t know whether or not Hydrofest boat racing will return to Guntersville next year.

The Marshall County Conventions and Visitor Bureau is waiting to learn how much revenue lodging and sales taxes brought in from this year’s event.

Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar told reporters the competition gives a big boost to the city’s economy.

“There’s lots of people, lots of different states represented,” said Dollar.

Dollar predicted that more than 10,000 people showed up each day this year.

She says that, while the event is a great boost to the economy, it takes a lot of money to put on.

Racers come to HydroFest for the great southern hospitality and beautiful scenery of Lake Guntersville, she said.

“Anywhere from the fencing, to the porta potties, to the security guards, the advertising, the cranes for HydroFest. There are so many different expenses,” the mayor said.

The cost is typically covered through sponsorships, ticket sales and merchandise sales.

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