The patriotic celebration is a community wide event that features family-friendly activities for all ages. The three-day festival also provides entertainment from both local and nationally known entertainers.
Regatta Chairman Jacob Hill encouraged families to make plans for this year’s festival.
“The (festival) committee is very excited about this year’s event. Everyone has put in a lot of work,” Hill said.
The cornhole tournament will jump start this year’s festival, and is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Additional activities set to take place on Thursday of the festival include Bluegrass in the Park, 6 p.m., Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; and Beatlemania Magic, 8 p.m., riverfront park.
Friday’s Regatta schedule will be just as jam-packed with the pet contest kicking things off at 5 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Also taking place at Tu-Endie-Wei will be the Showboat Pretty Baby Contest, slated to start at 6 p.m. At riverfront park, the WBYG 99.5 Texaco Country Showdown will get underway at 7 p.m. Following the showdown, the South of the River Band will close out Friday’s activities.
Saturday will be the festival’s busiest day as several events are scheduled. The PVH 5k River Run will get the day off to an early start at 8:30 a.m., with race registration slated for 7:30 a.m. The Regatta Parade will follow at 11 a.m. The rest of the day will be action-packed with Kids’ Day Activities from noon-4 p.m.; Cruise-In-Car Show following the parade; Line Throw Contest at 2 p.m.; a performance from Chase Likens at 7 p.m.; and the Goofy Gayla at 8 p.m.
This year’s Regatta headline performer, Thompson Square, will take to the riverfront park main stage at 8:30 p.m. Following their performance, will be the firework display. The Rockin’ Reggie event, slated to take place directly after the firework show on Main Street, will wrap up this year’s festival.
For more information on the 2011 Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta, visit the Web site, www.pointpleasantregatta.org.