Tribute to the River to return

Beth Sergent

August 20, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — The annual celebration of all things having to do with river life and appreciation returns to Point Pleasant Riverfront Park on Aug. 29-30.

This year’s Tribute to the River, hosted by the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center, offers free admission to the event which includes exhibits, boat tours, contests, kids’ games, entertainment and a 5K walk.

Jack Fowler of the river museum said the walk offers a unique prize. All those who register will be placed in a drawing and at the end of the walk, the person whose name is drawn at random, will have the option of picking a Mason County charity of their choice to receive half of the proceeds made from the walk.

In addition, the tribute will also feature the presentation of the Memorial Service and River Industry Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Point Pleasant River Museum Foundation. The award goes to someone who has contributed to the river industry and can be awarded posthumously. Fowler said this year’s recipient has been chosen but is being kept a secret until the ceremony.

As for the Memorial Service, it’s for those who have passed away but spent their lives and careers on the river, with their names being read and a wreath being placed in the water in their honor.

A complete itinerary of this year’s event includes:

Friday, Aug. 29 — 7 p.m., concessions open; 8 p.m., J.C. Hall and Out For A Buck band (the concert is offered via Mayor’s Night Out from the city of Point Pleasant).

Saturday, Aug. 30 — 8 a.m., registration for 5k walk in front of River Museum; 8:30 a.m., 5K walk begins; 9 a.m., begin tours of a working towboat; 10 a.m., River Museum opens and includes several displays and exhibits, the 2,400 gallon Ohio River fish aquarium, as well as the pilothouse simulator; 10 a.m., River Boat Whistle Blow, sign up at information desk for corn hole and line throw competitions for cash prizes; 11 a.m., corn hole and line throw competitions begin; noon to 10 p.m., concessions are open; noon to 2 p.m., games for children and contests; noon to 3 p.m., Riverworks Discovery presentation; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., performances by Mason Dixon, The Backwood Brothers; 4 p.m., open mic; 6 p.m., Memorial Service and River Industry Lifetime Achievement Award; 7:45 p.m., elimination drawing; 8 p.m. - 10 p.m., Band Wagon Bluegrass Americana Band.

Fowler said the tribute is an opportunity for boaters to dock at Riverfront Park for a couple of nights as well as an opportunity for the public to enjoy a fun, educational stroll along the river in Point Pleasant for the free event.

“We try to keep our focus on the river industry, the boats and the people of the industry,” Fowler said, adding the museum hopes to eventually lead a movement to place a monument somewhere in Point Pleasant honoring those who have spent their lives working the rivers.

Participants in this year’s tribute include: Amherst Madison, Inc.; AEP River Operations; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Kanawha River Navy; American Sternwheel Association; Riverworks Discovery.

For more information on the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center, visit its Facebook page or call 304-674-0144.