With the success of the Third Annual Grand Lake o' The Cherokees Performance Boat Shootout, organizers have had the opportunity to donate several thousand dollars back to organizations within the Grand Lake community.

The 2017 event, which took place in July, featured the inaugural GLOC Shootout Troops Charity Tour, which raised more than $5,500 dollars for the Combat Vets Association of Grove - Chapter 10-5.

An additional $5,021.64 was donated to various organizations including the Women’s Auxiliary Association of Monkey Island (WAAMI), the Grove Fire Department, and the Newton County Divers.

More about the Event

The multi-day event involved multiple boats and drivers from throughout the country, including American Ethanol, the 9,000-hp, 51-foot Mystic owned by Don Onken.

American Ethanol took the fastest time in the event, reaching the 200 mph mark behind the team of John Cosker and Tony Battiato, while Tony Chiaramonte’s 170 mph run in No Boundaries in a DCBM35 catamaran came in second.

“It was a great event and we were happy to have all the wonderful participants,” said Ken Little, president of the GLOC shootout executive committee and event organizer.“DCB blew people away with the beautiful boats and their speeds. American Ethanol and 2nd Amendment—our local crowd favorites—were wonderful as they always are.”

The 2017 event included the Thursday night Street Party at the Grove Civic Center, and the Thursday night Marina Party at Lakeside Marina.

Little estimates several thousand spectators watched the two day races from both land and water.

Help from First Responders

Support for the event, provided by area first responders included officials from the City of Grove, Grove Fire, Grove Emergency Medical Services, Grove Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff, GRDA Police Department, Monkey Island Fire, Seneca-Cayuga Fire Rescue, and and others.


Little said the donations happened because because of the help of the various volunteers, who donated time before and during the event, as well as the various sponsors, including the Grand River Dam Authority.

The other event sponsors included Grand Lake Casino and the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, Tera Miranda Resort, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Big Thunder Marine, Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau, FloatingMats.com, DCB Boats and Cat’s Ass, Poly Lift Boat Lifts, the Grand Lake Association, TravelOK.com, Performance Boat Center, 99.3 KGVE, B Blades Professional Propellers, CMI Stainless Exhaust, Premier Dock Construction, Teague Custom Marine, Sport Truck RV, and GrandLakeLiving.com.

Other local sponsors included: Arvest Bank, Aaron’s, American Grill, Indian Hills Marina Boat Sales/Playcraft, MarineMax Grand Lake, Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort and Marina, Eddy’s, Riggs Tree Service, ReMax of Grand Lake, The Parrot Steakhouse & Grill, Tow Boat US, Tera Miranda Resort and Marina, Morrow’s Bar and Grill, Grand Lake Sports Center, Ugly’s Bar and Grill, Ugly Johns VIP Boat, Champion Windows, TnT Insurance Group, Blue Bluff Harbor Resort, Dick Lanes Marine and Power Sports, Honey Creek Landing Marina, Bank of Grove, Classic Golf Carts, Grove Marine, Grove Public Schools, Rib Crib, Crye-Leike Realtors, The Road Hog Saloon, Vapers Tek, NAPA Auto Parts, Lee’s Grand Lake Resort, Outrigger Motel, TimberRidge Inn, American Covers, First National Bank, Cherokee Storage, The Coves, Bolt Fiber Optics, Grand Savings Bank, B&M Fiberglass, Sandra Lee’s Trophy & Gift, Frankie’s Full Service Marine, Downstream Casino Resort, Vance Ford, Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Indigo Sky Casino, Turtle Stops, Grand Lake Dental, and Keller Williams.

Additional out of area sponsors included: Ateco Engine & Dyno Shop, Liquid Marine Performance Boats, Boyd’s Custom Engines, Boat City Props, Captain’s Choice and White Lighting/CoveSupply.com, WIA Marine Insurance and Off the Clock Boat Repair.

Local media outlets who helped promote the event include The Grand Laker, The Vinita Daily Journal, The American, and The Grove Sun.