POINT PLEASANT — One of the men who wants to be the state’s next governor will be the grand marshal of the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta Parade on Saturday.
West Virginia State Senate President Bill Cole, who is also the GOP’s nominee for governor, will lead the parade which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, stepping off from in front of the Mason County Board of Education Central Office. Lineup is at 10 a.m. and there is no preregistration to participate.
“We are honored to have Senate President Bill Cole as this year’s parade grand marshal,” Jacob Hill, regatta chairman said. “Bill Cole has served in the state Senate for four years and as president for the last two years. It shows the significance of this event to our community and our state to have the second-highest official in our state with us on July 2. I know our community will give him a warm welcome.”
The regatta is celebrating its 26th year and remains a free event to the entire community, featuring Nashville musical acts, pageants, activities for children, a line throw competition, a car show, 5K and 10K runs and more.
An itinerary of this weekend’s regatta events is as follows:
Friday, July 1: Maritime, Princess and Pretty Baby Contest held at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Sign-ups for Pretty Baby, Little Miss/Mister Showboat, Miss Maritime and River Princess will be from 4-4:30 p.m. on Friday at Riverfront Park with entry forms found at the regatta website, or stop by Peoples Bank on Main Street.
Friday evening’s musical performances kickoff with the Dub-V’s performing at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Headlining Friday night is Ryan Kinder, a rising country star known for his songs “Tonight” and “Kiss Me When I’m Down.” Kinder takes the stage at 9 p.m. at Riverfront Park.
Saturday, July 2: 5K, 10K and Kid’s Fun Run at 8 a.m. Registration is from 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m. Both registration and the start of the races are in front of the Point Pleasant River Museum. The Kid’s Fun Run follows the 5K and 10K. More information on the races, including entry forms, can be found on the regatta’s website and on the Tri-State Racer website.
The Regatta Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street, with lineup at 10 a.m. in front of the Mason County Board of Education Central Office. No preregistration or sign-up is required to participate in the parade.
The Car Show immediately follows the parade and takes place on the USDA parking lot on First Street. Then, Kid’s Day starts at noon at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park with fun activities for children. The Line Throw Contest starts at 2 p.m. at the entrance to Tu-Endie-Wei State Park near the Point Pleasant River Museum.
The WBYG Country Showdown Preliminary Round starts at 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park with the Final Round at 6:30 p.m., also at Riverfront Park. The musical headliner for Saturday night is the band Outshyne performing their brand of country music at 8:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Outshyne are known for their songs “Moonlight Crush” and “Dirt Road Romance.”
The grand finale for the Regatta will be the fireworks display at 10 p.m. Saturday at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
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