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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

August 1, 2009 at 9:20 PM

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Oh boy! What a show over Lake Washington

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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Seafair's ultimate weekend kicked off today with a combination of elements I haven't seen anywhere else: air, earth, water and the firepower of hydroplanes speeding over a lake and jets doing acrobatics in the sky.

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The shores along Lake Washington Boulevard quickly filled up with hundreds of people who came to watch the spectacle. In the middle of all the tents, water coolers and folding chairs, I stumbled upon Chris Haigh, 53, of Lake City, who was panning the scene with his binoculars. The "Oh boy! Oberto" hydroplane had just done a loop around the course at 153 miles per hour, he explained. Haigh had arrived at 6:15 in the morning and was planning to spend the night at a friend's house nearby to be here again early today. "I've been coming for 35 years in a row," he said. "It's my sport. It's something I love."

I'm not surprised. Oh boy! What an amazing show!

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