Giant raft-up party sets attendance mark

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Sea Ray Boats and dealer Sail & Ski Center said an estimated 7,000 boats and 65,000 to 70,000 people attended country singer Brad Paisley's concert last Saturday at the AquaPalooza 2010 Signature Event on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas.

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The event, held at The Reserve on Lake Travis, broke all previous signature-event attendance records, Sea Ray said. This year's attendance numbers are a compilation of on-site estimates by state and local officials, online registrations, and aerial comparisons and calculations.

This year's results are nearly double last year's event.

"We plan for the worst and hope for the best," said Roger Wade, public information officer from the Travis County Sheriff's Office, in a statement. "This event turned out to be the best, with very few on-water incidences, especially for an event of this magnitude."

In addition to the signature event on Lake Travis, this year's AquaPalooza will consist of more than 100 events held around the world during the remaining weekends of July.

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