The annual event started with a Gospel Sing at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. The groups Romans Highway, Victory Quartet and Sacrifice of Praise performed.
The Cornhole Tournament also took place on Thursday. The event drew several participants. Winnings teams were awarded prizes at the tournament’s conclusion. Devin Cottrill of Letart also was crowned the 2010 Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta Queen during Thursday’s pageant.
Thursday evening closed with music performances and Teen Karaoke.
Today’s Regatta schedule looks to be just as busy as several activities are scheduled to take place. The pet contest, slated for 5 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, will kick the evening off. The Showboat Pretty Baby Contest will follow the pet contest at 6 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. The 2010 Regatta River Princess also will be crowned on Friday. Twelve young ladies are set to compete in the pageant, slated for 6 p.m. at the State Theatre on Main St.
The Point Pleasant Riverfront Park also will be a place of action tonight as the WBYG 99.5 Colgate Country Showdown is set to start at 6 p.m. Participants will compete for monetary prizes and the opportunity to perform at the West Virginia State Colgate Country Showdown in Parkersburg. State winners will vie for a $1,000 cash prize and will advance to the regional competition this fall. Regional winners will then be awarded an all-expense paid trip to the National Final, where they will compete for the $100,000 Grand Prize and National title. Those competing this evening are: Keith Eleam of Vinton, Ohio; Mindy Richardson of Ona; Abby Slone of Barboursville; Mary K. Davis of Bidwell, Ohio; Cassi Heib of Gallipolis Ferry; Ron Case of Gallipolis, Ohio; Jeremiah Meadows of Leon; Bill Hawks of Gallipolis, Ohio; Tami Davis of Beaver, Ohio; Adria Stapleton of Crown City, Ohio; Mark Lawson of Vinton, Ohio; and Roger Dowell of Portland, Ohio.
Closing out tonight’s events will be the Teen Dance Off, scheduled for 8 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, and a performance by Midnight Special at 9 p.m. on the riverfront park main stage.