Fun for everyone at Sternwheel Riverfest

By Charlene Hoeflich

September 14, 2013

POMEROY — Sternwheel Riverfest, with its call to “Rally by the River”, wrapped up Saturday night with Ben Davis and The Dirt Poor Troubadors entertaining in the amphitheater, a balloon launch being held in memory of departed friends and relatives and a giant fireworks display.

A parade of about three dozen firetrucks from the tri-county area Thursday night kicked off the festival. Vendors displaying a variety of creative and other merchandise, as well as those serving carnival-type foods, lined the parking lot.

Several carnival rides and inflatables were available for the kids to enjoy. Talent competitions for both youth and adults were held, musicians performed in the amphitheater, and contests including a cornhole tournament and a chili cookoff took place, the winners to be announced later.

A dozen or more sternwheelers along with numerous pleasure boats lined the Pomeroy docking area for Riverfest which marks an end to Pomeroy’s 2013 festival season.