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NORTH TONAWANDA – Dubbed “the fastest show on water,” the seventh annual Thunder on the Niagara will bring hydroplane racing to the Niagara River from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 18 at Gratwick-Riverside Park.

Boats from across the United States and Canada will compete in the mile-long race, which draws thousands of spectators.

A variety of hydroplanes will compete in several events ranging from speeds of 85 mph to more than 150 mph.

Partners for the race include the American Canadian Hyroplane Association and American Power Boat Association.

Viewing sites for the free event are available at the park. A donation of $5 for on-site parking benefits Twin City Community Outreach. The park opens at 8 a.m., with races beginning at 9:30 a.m.