POINT PLEASANT —When are the fireworks? When does the parade start? Who is playing Riverfront Park and when? When are the pageants?
These are all important questions for those attending this week’s 26th Annual Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta which starts Thursday and wraps up Saturday night. The following is a guide to all things regatta with times, dates and locations for popular activities.
Starting Thursday, food, game and merchandise vendors will line the streets of downtown Point Pleasant. Admission into the regatta is free.
Also on Thursday, the Queen and Teen Pageant starts at 7 p.m. on the main stage at Riverfront Park. More on the pageants in Thursday’s edition of the Point Pleasant Register. Following the crowning of this year’s royalty, will be StillWater performing at 8:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park. StillWater is a popular local band with roots in classic rock with contemporary rock incorporated into their set.
Friday’s events begin with the 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. The popular local band is known for mixing its own versions of Top 40 hits. 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 is the regatta’s finale and is packed with activities all day long, starting with the 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 pre-registration 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. Another popular event is the Line Throw Contest which starts at 2 p.m. at the entrance to Tu-Endie-Wei State Park near the Point Pleasant River Museum, allowing those in the river industry to earn bragging rights for who is best at throwing a line.
Then, 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 35th Annual Country Showdown is America’s largest country music talent show. According to organizers, it’s designed to find the most promising country music talent in the nation and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers. Go to https://www.countryshowdown.com/ to find out how to get entered to perform at the showdown.
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 group has opened for country music superstars including, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Joe Nichols, Gary Allen, and Justin Moore to name a few.
The grand finale for the regatta will be the fireworks display at 10 p.m. Saturday at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
For more information on any regatta events, go to http://www.pointpleasantregatta.org or find the regatta on Facebook.
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