The Ruble Sternwheeler will be returning to Pomeroy for excursions up and down the Ohio River with the first being on Wednesday sponsored by the Athens Shrine Club, and the second on Thursday sponsored by the Ladies of the Meigs County Republican Party. Both will be 7-9 p.m. cruises and are open to the public.
On Friday there will be five cruises, the first from 1 to 2 p.m. especially for seniors and guests at a special fare of $4. The four others will have the Ruble leaving from the levy at 5 p.m., at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m.
Five cruises will also be held on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. and concluding with the fun fireworks cruise from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday night. Tickets for all cruises can be purchased at the Riverfest tent on the parking lot.
As usual there will be plenty of crafters and food vendors on the parking lot to keep festival-goers happy while they wait from one event to the next. The food vendors will be open to serve from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
The Friday night kickoff for Riverfest will be at 6 p.m. with an opening ceremony by Drew Webster Post, American Legion, and a fire truck parade followed by Southern Accent performing in the amphitheater from 7-10 p.m.
Friday’s events will feature a noontime program by the Meigs High School Band and evening entertainment by Still Standing, Simba, and South of the River Band.
Saturday is a big day with the highly competitive chili-cookoff getting underway at 8 a.m., and a variety of kids activities at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. there will be the chalk drawing contest on Main Street sidewalks for kids under 12.
The ever popular line throwing contest will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the stage area with the winners recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Then at 3 p.m. the cornhole tournament will start, at 4 p.m. the Pomeroy Merchants Association’s annual duck derby will begin, and at 7 p.m. the always-popular men’s sexy leg contest will be held on the stage. All of the contests carry either trophies, cash prizes, or both.
As for Saturday competitions in the amphitheater, there will be the kids’ “We’ve Got Talent 2” for those under 18 from 2 to 3 p.m.; and “We’ve Got Talent” for those over 18 to be held at 5:45 p.m. Cash prizes to be awarded in both contests.
Entertainment Cross Road Station will play from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Insured Sound from 8 to 10 p.m., and Paul Doeffinger will close out the festival performing from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.