Alabama National draws large crowd

Published 11:36 pm Monday, August 28, 2017

The Southern Outlaw Dragboat Association’s inaugural race on Florala’s Lake Jackson drew a crowd of spectators estimated between 1,000 and 1,200 Saturday, city officials said.

“There were about 10 boats and teams from Louisiana that backed out of coming because of the weather,” Mayor Terry Holley said.

Holley said several participants rented space in the RV park the city operates on the lake.

“I heard from a lot of people about what we could do to improve it,” he said. “We needed to have vendors out there, and slides and other activities for children, because it does get to be a long day fro them.

Councilwoman Deborah Inabinett also said the event was a good one for Florala.

Council members agreed to close the lake to swimmers and boaters to allow the Dragboat Association to host the event, pegged as the Alabama Nationals on Lake Jackson.

The Association posted the following names of winners on their social media page.


V6 Pro

  1. Steve Goldman
  2. Anthony Bice/Michael Fryfogle
  3. Billy Calloway
  4. Teddy Kline



  1. Dalton Rowell
  2. Brandon Wilson
  3. Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson is the son of race organizer Jay Jackson of Ozark)
  4. Kevin Taylor/Michaels Sands
  5. Jason Holley


River Racer

  1. Mark Sheffield
  2. Will Harrell
  3. Hunter Salter


Bass and Ski

  1. Adam Criswell
  2. Stanley Benton
  3. Daniel Barrett
  4. Louis Glisson
  5. Michael Best(DNF)


Pro Mod

  1. Gary McIntosh
  2. Billy Calloway
  3. Terry Brown