By GEOFFREY STOUTE
A simple phone call was the catalyst to bring powerboat racing back to Lake Palourde.
Thibodaux powerboat racer Dustin Terry was hoping to hold a race locally instead of always traveling to Texas or other states for races.
When he called Morgan City Powerboat Association Commodore Marie Siracusa in February to inquire about it, she was in favor of the event, and it just so happened that the event would be held the same year the powerboat association celebrated its 50th anniversary. While the event is celebrating 50 years of racing, the first race actually took place on Lake Palourde on July 2, 1958.