PARKERSBURG — A pair of occasions introduced boats of all sizes to Level Park this previous weekend, together with folks to take a look at them and hearken to stay music.
Eighteen sternwheelers gathered alongside the Level for the return of Riverfest, essentially the most vessels the free occasion has drawn, organizer Scot Heckert mentioned. In the meantime, greater than 100 of us in people-powered watercraft participated in Paddlefest occasions Friday and Saturday, mentioned Mark Lewis, president and CEO of the Better Parkersburg Conference and Guests Bureau.
“It was an important occasion for not having carried out it for 3 years,” Lewis mentioned, citing the pandemic hiatus Paddlefest and different occasions took in 2020 and 2021.
Roughly 120 boats joined within the lighted paddle up the Little Kanawha River on Friday night, with about 140 participating in the primary occasion Saturday, touring on the Ohio River to Blennerhassett Island and again.
Actually, Lewis mentioned, the park in all probability couldn’t have dealt with any extra.
“Hopefully, we’ll work with the Metropolis of Parkersburg to extend the area that now we have to get the boats out and in,” he mentioned.
Organizers didn’t thoughts sharing area with Riverfest.
“We work effectively collectively. The entire Level is taken over with exercise,” Lewis mentioned.
Having Downtown PKB’s Downtown Throwdown in Bicentennial Park on Saturday night was additionally a plus.
“That’s been what we wished to do and get folks to return in for the weekend and revel in all of the occasions,” Lewis mentioned.
A number of folks did simply that, he discovered, when he led a gaggle of about 10 on an tour to the North Bend State Park Lake on Sunday morning to shut out Paddlefest.
“That they had been there, staying in native resorts, for 3 days,” Lewis mentioned.
Heckert mentioned between listening to the stay music at Riverfest, taking a look at boats or collaborating in Paddlefest and the Throwdown, there was one thing for everybody downtown this weekend.
“Loads of youngsters obtained to return out and see issues that they hadn’t ever seen earlier than,” he mentioned.
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