POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta was off to a royal start on Thursday as titles were awarded in the miss and teen queen divisions for the festival.
Emma Rice was named the 2017 Miss Sternwheel Regatta Queen. Rice, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Olin and Jonna Rice, and was sponsored by Paul’s Exxon.
Also taking home a title in the miss division, Charli Leach, who was named Miss Sternwheel Regatta Queen First Runner-Up. Leach also took home awards for Miss Congeniality and Most Photogenic. Leach, of Glenwood, is the daughter of Greg and Lori Danford and was sponsored by One Unique Impression Events. Also included in the royal court in the miss division was Kelsey Price, who was named the Miss Sternwheel Regatta Queen Second Runner-up. Price also took home the People’s Choice Award. Price, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Kent Price and Chella Matos and was sponsored by Price Brother’s Garage.
Ally Harper was crowned the 2017 Sternwheel Regatta Teen Queen. Harper, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Vanessa and Kevin Harper and was sponsored by Angie Cline Zimmerman, Exclusive Realty.
Joining Harper in the royal teen court was Kadann Bonecutter who was named Sternwheel Regatta Teen Queen First Runner-up. Bonecutter of Gallipolis Ferry, is the daughter of Danny and Tonya Bonecutter and was sponsored by Main Street Photography. Jasmine Rainey was crowned Sternwheel Regatta Teen Queen Second Runner-up and she also took home the People’s Choice Award in the teen division. Rainey, of Ashton, is the daughter of Barbara and Michael Rainey and was sponsored by Precisioned Components. Also receiving awards in the teen division were Abby Clendenen of Gallipolis Ferry, who received the Miss Congeniality Award. Clendenen is the daughter of Shannon Page and Kendall Clendenen and was sponsored by her family. Emma Tomlinson took home the Most Photogenic Award. Tomlinson, of New Haven, is the daughter of Betty and Tim Tomlinson, and was sponsored by Tomlinson Farms.
The junior royalty and pretty baby contests take place at 5 p.m. on Friday of the Regatta, also at Riverfront Park. Regatta pageants are under the direction of Delyssa Edwards.
Friday at the regatta will feature free concerts by singer-songwriter Paul Doeffinger who takes the Riverfront Park stage at 7 p.m., followed by Nashville artist Steve Moakler at 8:30 p.m. Moakler was named as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone Magazine in February 2016. Several country artists have recorded his songs, including Dierks Bentley.
Then, on Saturday, at 8 a.m. the Regatta 5k/10k Run starts in front of the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center. At 11 a.m. is the Regatta Parade which starts at the former Central School and travels south along Main Street. Parade lineup is at 10 a.m. No need to preregister for parade. U.S. Congressman Evan Jenkins (R) is the grand marshal.
“It is my honor to participate in the annual Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta Parade as the grand marshal,” Jenkins said in a statement to the Register. “Point and surrounding Mason County are uniquely situated on the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. These rivers are an asset for our Ohio Valley and provide many good paying jobs to our residents. I encourage you to join me in visiting attractions through Point Pleasant that celebrate the history of the river like the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center. I look forward to seeing everyone on Main Street Saturday.”
At 11:30 a.m. is the Car Show held across from the river museum on the USDA parking lot. From noon to 3 p.m. are Kids Games at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. At 2 p.m. is the Line Throw Contest in front of the river museum. At 5 p.m. Saturday, is the registration for the Lip Sync Battle for kids with the “battle” beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park stage.
Then, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Restless Road takes the stage. One of Restless Road’s biggest accomplishments to date is landing at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart. With a country spin, the group covered one of the most popular songs of 2013, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.”
At 10 p.m. Saturday will be the fireworks at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park with Rockin’ Reggie following with music on Main Street.
Admission is free to the Regatta as are all the concerts.