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Event Schedule for 2014
September 6, 2014
11:30 AM • Introduction of Queen Candidates
12:00 PM • Marietta High School Wall of Sound
1:00 PM • Marietta High School Choir
2:00 PM • McQueen
3:00 PM • Bruce Edward Hass & Mike Starkey - Accoustic Duo
4:00 PM • Plan B
5:00 PM • McQueen
6:00 PM • Insured Sound
7:00 PM • Coronation of Queen Genevieve
7:30 PM • Insured Sound
8:30 PM • Stayin' Alive - One Night of the Bee Gees
9:30 PM • Harry J. Robinson Memorial Fireworks
10:30 PM • Stayin' Alive - One Night of the Bee Gees
The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival was the brainchild of Harry Robinson and Captains Gene Fitch and Bob Limle. The first Ohio River Sternwheel Festival took place the weekend after Labor Day 1976. This festival was held to encourage tourism to the Marietta area as well as preserve the riverboat heritage for which our area is well known.
Over the years, this festival has grown tremendously, attracting an estimated 100,000 people to the Marietta area during the weekend. In addition to the 30-35 authentic sternwheel boats that line the river bank, we offer a full weekend of free, quality, family oriented entertainment and the best fireworks anywhere. Some of the other events that take place during the weekend include: Children's Activities; Coronation of Queen Genevieve, with scholarships awarded; Little Miss and Little Mr. Sternwheel Pageant; Sunday Sunrise Service; Rollin' Oldies Car Show, and a Photo Contest.
The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival is a not for profit organization operating on a budget of approximately $140,000 annually. We operate and are funded through corporate sponsors, sales of souvenirs, private donations and fundraising events. Our committee is made up strictly of volunteers with a membership of 85 including officers, a board of trustees and committee chairmen.
All events are FREE, and the atmosphere is festive and friendly. Marietta invites you to come early and stay late. Enjoy the continuous weekend entertainment, choose refreshments from the various vendors and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival!