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Fans of an extreme water sport hope to attract a big crowd for an exciting competition while raising money for a south Georgia girl.

Wakefest 2011 will raise money for a family who has some expensive medical bills. It should also attract some of the best wakeboarders in the southeast.

On July 9th, boarders from all over the southeast will face off at Turner Boat Landing to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights all while raising money for a great cause.

 "We're just gonna be kind of putting together a benefit for a local child Taylor Ruhmp. We're doing it to try to raise some money for her medical bills," said Wakefest 2011 Coordinator Adam Gilbert.

Six year old Taylor Ruhmp was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. And many of her medical needs are very expensive.

Through donations and the twenty five dollar rider entry fee, Wakefest 2011 organizers hope to help pay some of those bills.

"I really enjoy the sport of wakeboarding and its gotten really big in Albany and I don't see any better way to do something I enjoy and help a family out as well I think its a win win situation," said Gilbert.

They expect to attract more than 50 competitors and plan to donate all of the earnings to Ruhmp family.

If you want to enter the competition, you can sign up at Dawson Road Jewelry and Pawn.