Riverfront Roar Festival set to take over Marietta

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Well it's that time of the year again in Marietta when powerboat racing takes over the Ohio river.

If you have a need for speed and a love for summer time fun, there is none better than Marietta this weekend for the annual Riverfront Roar.

The 19th annual Riverfront Roar festival kicks off in Marietta for three days starting Friday.

The free event features live music, food vendors, fireworks (Saturday) and of course, professional powerboat races.

Festival officials say the weather is looking like it's going to be a great weekend.

"It's always great to welcome July with some boat racing," festival committee member Barry Mullen said. "You know the temperatures get warm and as expected and we love the event here because it showcases Marietta and what a great city it is. It's a great free event for folks so everyone can come and enjoy it."

Street closures begin Friday at noon on Front street as crews begin to set up.

Schedule of events

Friday, July 12
12-5:00 Street Closures (Front St from Butler to Greene, Greene St from Third to Front, Second St from Butler to Greene and Ohio St from the Levee to Third St.).

5:00 p.m. Powerboats on display on Front, Greene and Second Streets
Beer garden/Pepsi pavilion opens
6:00-7:00 p.m. Meet and Greet with the Boat drivers
6:00-8:00 p.m. OYO (American Folk, Bluegrass, Old school country, rock)
8:00-10:00 p.m. Jinx'd (variety)
10:00-12:00 a.m. The Bash (rock)

Saturday July 13
10:00 a.m. Powerboats on the River for testing
11:00 a.m. Beer garden opens
12:00-2:00 p.m. Live radio remote broadcast
12:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies, Ohio River levee
1:00 p.m. Heat races begin
5:00 p.m. Heat races conclude
6:00-8:00 p.m. Red Idle Rejects (Alternative Country & Americans)
6:30-7:30 p.m.. Columbus Zoo Safari at the Armory
8:00-9:30 p.m. The Faculty (Classic Rock & Country)
9:30 - 10:00 p.m. FIREWORKS at the Levee
10:00-12:00am Aftershock (Classic Rock)

Sunday July 14
9:00-9:30 a.m. Rollin' Oldies Car Show at the Armory
10:00 a.m. Powerboats on the Ohio River
12:00 p.m. Beer Garden Opens
12:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies on the Levee
12:00-2:00 Live radio remote broadcast
1:00-4:00 p.m. FInal Races
4:30 p.m. Trophies awarded