This year’s event, which marked the 21st year for the festival, was jam-packed with entertainment and activities for both young and old. According to Jacob Hill, Regatta chairman, this year’s festival went very well.
“This was one of our best festival’s yet. From some of the best entertainment that we’ve had in years to all of the activities, it was a great time,” he said. “We are already looking forward to plans for the 2012 Regatta.”
The three-day festival certainly did boast a wide variety of entertainment this year. A large crowd came out to see the hit band, Thompson Square, perform on Saturday at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. The group, which was the festival’s headlining act, performed many of their songs, including their hit single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” Other notable performers at this year’s Regatta included Chase Likens, a Point Pleasant native and recent American Idol contestant, as well as the tribute group, Beatlemania Magic.
The festival also featured a Bluegrass in the Park evening. Those interested in breaking into the music business also tested their vocal strength with this year’s WBYG 99.5 Texaco Country Showdown.
In addition to music, this year’s event also offered many games and activities, including the popular Cornhole Tournament, a 5K run, Pet Contest, Showboat Pretty Baby Contest and Line Throw Contest. On Saturday, many children had a blast participating in the full schedule of Kid’s Day activities, which included events such as a Hula Hoop Contest, Marble Ice Fishing, Karaoke Contest, Bubble Blowing Contest, Pizza Eating Contest and more. Former Cincinnati Bengals fans also were on hand Saturday to sign autographs.
As usual, the fireworks show on Saturday evening closed out the patriotic festival.