Summer Searls was crowned the 2009 Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta Queen during Thursday’s queen pageant at the Historic State Theater. Searls will reign over this year’s festival.
Entertainment also got off to a great start with the gospel evening at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park as well as performances from the bands Crashing Jericho and Blue Sky Falling. The Regatta’s first cornhole tournament was held as well, and the event saw several competitors battling it out to be cornhole champions.
The fun continues today with a full schedule of events. Regatta Chairman Jacob Hill encouraged families to come take part in the festival’s activities because it is entertainment close to home that is both inexpensive and family oriented.
Today’s activities kick off at 5 p.m. with the Corn Chow Down Challenge at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. The Mason County Community Foundation is hosting the chow down challenge, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Mason County Fund for Youth. The challenge needs 10 adult participants and 10 youth participants, ages six-12. Whoever eats the most corn in five minutes will be declared agriculture royalty and win a variety of prizes. Winners of the chow down will be featured in the Regatta Parade, which is slated for Saturday, July 4.
Following the challenge will be pet evening, slated for 6:30 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, which is a new event for this year’s Regatta. The pretty baby contest also is set for 7 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
Closing out the day’s events will be a performance by Adam D. Tucker at 7:30 p.m. at riverfront park. This year’s headlining act, Whitney Duncan, also will take the stage at 9 p.m. following Tucker’s performance.
The first Regatta cruise also will cap off tonight’s activities. The Midnight Party Cruise is scheduled for 11:30-1:30 a.m. and will feature Karaoke. Cruise tickets are $15 each.
For more information and complete schedule of Regatta events, visit www.pointpleasantregatta.org.