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Ford Raptor Racing Experience Simulator

Climb in! Buckle up! and get Ready for a Ride!
The Ford Raptor Racing Experience Simulator is coming to the 28th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln!

Festival Location: in the 400 block of Main St. near Mound St. intersection.

Enjoy the simulator ride and take a look at the festival from the Observation Deck!

Get ready for a Ford Raptor racing experience at the Texas Blueberry Festival happening on Saturday, June 10. The festival's presenting sponsor Tipton Ford-Lincoln owner Neal Slaten is hosting the 2017 Race Raptor Simulator that will give attendees a three-minute exhilarating experience of actual desert racing right here in historic downtown Nacogdoches!

The all new simulator is equipped with footage from the Race Raptors 2016 Best in the Desert series journey, and gives the look and feel of a real race in the Baja deserts of California.

The Ford Raptor is different than a typical F-150. It has a wider base to accommodate all of the sharp turns and jumps necessary for intense desert driving.

"When you get into the Raptor simulator all of the windows are blacked out except for the windshield which is actually a screen," Slaten said. "The Raptor's  suspension is attached to a computer, and as you are watching it happen through the windshield you feel it at the same time. This means you feel every little bump and airborne jump that the truck makes."

 The ride seats up to four guests with no age requirement, "so bring the whole family to this one-of-a-kind exhibit," Slaten suggested.

The Texas Blueberry Festival is one of many stops for the Race Raptor Simulator.

"This is an exciting honor for the Texas Blueberry Festival, because this simulator has been featured at the SuperBowl, NASCAR races and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo," Slaten said. "The simulator is coming to Nacogdoches with the help of Ford Motor Company."

Another fun feature is an observation deck located on top of the simulator where guests can climb up and view the festival's attractions, including the Blueberry Truck, a '51, F100 which is the inspiration for the official festival art found on this year's commemorative t-shirt and poster.