PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - 9/6/2019
When the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival winds down Sunday, many of the sternwheelers will be making their way to Parkersburg and Point Park.
There, the second Riverfest takes place next Friday and Saturday, September 12-14.
The first was held in 2017. Its organizer says more than a dozen of the paddlewheel boats are expected to be there.
"We're from East Liverpool, Pennsylvania, Nitro, Dunbar, St. Albans, the Charleston area. Some are a little farther down south, toward Gallipolis," said Scott Heckert. "They're from all over. We're one big family, we travel together, have fun in different parts of the town, see different parts of the community."
There's entertainment planned throughout the two-day event.
Parkesburg City Council next Tuesday is to consider a budget revision allowing the city to provide $4,000 in funding to the festival.
As the Mid-Ohio Valley continues to deal with the aftermath of tropical storm Gordon and prepare for flooding that may come with hurricane Florence, a local festival has called off its event.
Riverfest has been postponed until next year. Most of the sternwheelers that were in Marietta last weekend have gone back to the safety of their home harbors. The boats that stayed will head out as soon as the river settles enough for them to travel. Organizers of Riverfest say the sternwheelers safety is the most important thing to them.
Meanwhile Point Park has been flooded for yet another time this year. The would-be-venue is under a few feet of water and covered in debris from the Ohio River. Organizers say they are reimbursing vendors and bands that have paid in advance.