Superboats the main event in Big Weekend on Lake Macquarie on October 14-15

MAIN ATTRACTION: The big boys are coming to Lake Macquarie for the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships race on the weekend of October 14 and 15.
MAIN ATTRACTION: The big boys are coming to Lake Macquarie for the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships race on the weekend of October 14 and 15.

A LOCAL business will have its name broadcast to a national television audience after winning naming rights for the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships race to be held on Lake Macquarie next month.

Gibbo’s Auto Electrics won naming rights in the 200 Club promotion run by event co-sponsor Dantia, Lake Macquarie’s economic development corporation.

Dantia offered up to 200 local businesses the opportunity to buy a $550 part-sponsorship of the national racing series event.

Members of the 200 Club then went into a draw for the chance to have their package upgraded to one of 12 boat sponsorships, one race-day naming rights deal, or the prestigious event naming rights partnership worth more than $100,000.

The fourth round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships will be the feature event of the Lake Mac Big Weekend on October 14 and 15, two days jam-packed with fun and free activities around key vantage points from Eleebana to Warners Bay and on Marmong Point foreshore reserve.

NAME GAME: Pictured, from left, are Dantia development executive Derrek Lush, Gibbo's Auto Electrics co-owners Scott Dunks and Paul O'Brien, and Dantia chief executive Peter Francis, at the 200 Club draw at Belmont 16s. Picture: Supplied

NAME GAME: Pictured, from left, are Dantia development executive Derrek Lush, Gibbo's Auto Electrics co-owners Scott Dunks and Paul O'Brien, and Dantia chief executive Peter Francis, at the 200 Club draw at Belmont 16s. Picture: Supplied

Attractions will include markets, food stalls and entertainment, jet ski racing, ‘come and try’ water sports and aerobatic displays from the Matt Hall Racing flying team.

“After launching in 2016, the Lake Mac Big Weekend has quickly become one of the biggest events on our city calendar,” mayor Kay Fraser said.

“Last year, more than 30,000 people flocked to the Big Weekend, and this year we expect even more as this exciting event continues to grow.”

Dantia is developing an event app that will allow Lake Macquarie businesses to promote special offers to locals and visitors on the Big Weekend.

Businesses can submit a listing at dantia.com.au/superboatoffers2017.

Destination NSW is a strategic partner of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.

For more information on the Lake Mac Big Weekend, visit lakemac.com.au.

Meanwhile, preparations are continuing for another major event in Lake Macquarie, the Living Smart Festival, at Speers Point Park, on Saturday, September 23. More than 20,000 people are expected to again gather for the fun festival.