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Updated: 04/11/2014 05:12:20PM

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SUN PHOTO BY TIM KERN, tim@tkphotoshop.com
The Super Boat International race boats have officially arrived! The Broadco Race team was first on site Thursday morning. There is a boat parade scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. today in Punta Gorda on and the festival site at Englewood Beach will be open at 9 a.m. Saturday with test runs happening Saturday afternoon. The races will take place on Sunday. For more information visit superboat.com/2014-charlotte-harbor-schedule.

SUN PHOTO BY TIM KERN, tim@tkphotoshop.com
Five-year-old Keira Lawler, Rya Lawler, 7, Ivey Lawler, 4, and Jackson Kelly, 5, were the first to get an up-close and personal look at the Super Boats on Thursday morning.

SUN PHOTO BY TIM KERN, tim@tkphotoshop.com
The STIHL race boat arrives on Thursday with onlookers ready to snap a picture. George Christos and his dog Milo capture the moment.

SUN PHOTO BY TIM KERN, tim@tkphotoshop.com
Super Boat International Productions starts setting up the festival site at Englewood Beach early Thursday Morning.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com

Jeff Assman, a volunteer ties plastic fencing around the parking area at Englewood Beach Thursday. There are many areas blocked to prevent showgoers from cutting through the upcoming paid event.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com
Boats have arrived at Englewood Beach for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix this weekend.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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ENGLEWOOD — As volunteers cordon off areas of Englewood Beach preparing for the Super Boat Grand Prix on Sunday, area business owners and residents are anticipating a busy weekend.

The Grand Prix will feature million dollar boats racing at 190 mph along the waters off Stump Pass State Park and Englewood Beach. The event will kick off Saturday morning with a beach festival.

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