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Festival, and fireworks, return next week

Last updated: June 19. 2014 4:39PM - 960 Views
Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com



The Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta returns next Thursday, Friday and Saturday to downtown Point Pleasant. Free concerts and family activities are featured as well as a fireworks display at 10 p.m. next Saturday.
The Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta returns next Thursday, Friday and Saturday to downtown Point Pleasant. Free concerts and family activities are featured as well as a fireworks display at 10 p.m. next Saturday.
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POINT PLEASANT —One of downtown Point Pleasant’s largest festivals returns next Thursday to celebrate local river culture and summer.


The Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta, which began in 1991, will take place Thursday, June 26, Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28. The event is centralized around Riverfront and Tu-Endie-Wei parks - the main stage is in the amphitheater at Riverfront Park. There is no admission fee to the event which offers free concerts and free activities aimed at families.


The three-day festival is also known for attracting major and up-and-coming acts from Nashville, as well as local favorites. The festival, which once hosted then newcomer Tim McGraw, has some more promising talent out of Nashville booked for this year’s concerts.


John King performs at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26 at Riverfront Park and Brothers Osborne perform at 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 27.


Brothers Osborne are on tour with Eric Church and their current single, “Rum,” is on the charts and climbing. The duo also had another country song that charted called “Lets Go There.” King’s current single, “Tonight Tonight” has been one of the most added songs to radio over the past few weeks.


County music fans will also get a taste of local talent when WBYG hosts the 33rd Annual Country Showdown with preliminary rounds starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at Riverfront Park.


Also, the Regatta’s popular finale of fireworks will be back this year and take place at 10 p.m., Saturday, June 28.


A complete listing of events is below:


Thursday, June 26: 6:30 p.m., regatta pageants on the main stage; 8:30 p.m., Nashville artist John King performs a free concert on the main stage.


Friday, June 27: 6 p.m., pretty baby contest and pageants on the main stage; 8:30 p.m., Nashville artists Brothers Osborne perform a free concert on the main stage.


Saturday, June 28: 8 a.m., City Ice and Fuel 5k; 11 a.m., regatta parade on Main Street with car show immediately following; noon to 4 p.m., Kid’s Day at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; 2 p.m., line throw; 5 p.m., WBYG Country Showdown; 10 p.m., fireworks.


As always, games for kids, food concessions and unique vendors will also be on hand at the regatta.


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