Plans are currently underway for the fifth annual event, hosted by the Point Pleasant River Museum. This year’s Tribute is slated to take place Sept. 2-3 at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. According to event organizers, this year’s Tribute will feature fun for all ages.
Festivities will get underway at noon on Friday, Sept. 2 with an opening ceremony. During the event, RiverWorks Discovery will provide an opportunity for area youth with their interactive display and activities. Boat tours will take place throughout the day as well. Starting at 6 p.m., those in attendance can enjoy dancing and a performance from the band, Neon Nickel.
The Tribute celebration will continue on Saturday, Sept. 3 with a full schedule of activities, starting at 10 a.m. Along with tours of a working towboat, Father Ray Hage of Christ Episcopal Church will provide the blessing of the fleet of boats. Whistle blowing on the old steamboats will take place as well as boat rides aboard the Spirit of West Virginia. Starting at 2 p.m., the Ohio River will be closed to all traffic for a sternwheel boat parade.
Saturday’s events also will be catered toward area youth as pony rides, games and children’s contests are scheduled. In addition, RiverWorks Discovery will feature their interactive display again. Inflatables and a rock climbing wall will be available throughout the day as well. Although many youth games are planned, adults can still get into the competitive spirit with the line throw and corn hole competition.
Tribute to the River will wrap with a karaoke contest, featuring cash prizes. At 9 p.m., Chase Likens, Point Pleasant native and former American Idol top 100 contestant, will perform.
Admission to the riverfront park and scheduled Tribute shows are free of charge. For more information, contact the river museum at 304-674-0144.