Boaters translate to dollars in Livingston Parish
LIVINGSTON PARISH - Hundreds of powerboats made waves on the Tickfaw River Saturday afternoon. The event brings thousands of people and dollars into the parish every year.
The event called "Tickfaw 200 Poker Run," benefits the marine division of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jason Ard says the event also gives a boost to what the parish has to offer. "We just want them to come out here and have a good time. We have some of the best waterways in Louisiana." says Ard.
The money raised will go to buying equipment. Sheriff Ard says "Last year we were able to outfit our dive team with new equipment which we needed. We unfortunately had to utilize it for some drownings, so those are things we're able to do and accomplish with this event."
Livingston Parish-President Layton Ricks says the event also has a huge impact on bringing in money to local hotels, restaurants, and filling stations.
Event officials say this year was the biggest turnout they have ever seen for the event.