POMEROY — “Rally by the River” is the call of the Sternwheel Riverfest committee members as plans are finalized for the annual event on the banks of the beautiful Ohio.
Already under way and continuing through Saturday night, the scene is be one of sternwheelers docked at the levee, entertainers taking the amphitheater stage to share their talent with festival-goers, contests galore, carnival rides and more.
The festival kicked off on Thursday, with opening ceremonies by Drew Webster Post 39, American Legion, on the downtown Pomeroy parking lot, followed by the traditional parade of fire equipment — engines, tankers, rescue units, ladder trucks and boats, not only today’s modern style, but yesterday’s favorites, some restored, others not.
On Friday, craft and food vendors will open for business at 10 a.m. and at noon the Meigs High School Band will perform on the parking lot.
Amphitheater entertainment in the evening will kickoff with Southern Accent from 6:30 to 9 p.m. after which the fifth annual “We Got Talent” contest for adults 18 and up will begin. The “Marauder” will wrap up the night with music from 9:45 p.m. to midnight.
The traditional chili cookoff will get under way at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the winners will be announced at 1 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the carnival rides will be free but after that there will be a ticket charge. Kids’ activities will include face painting and fun on the inflatables, all at no charge.
Highlighting the afternoon will be a performance from 1 to 2 p.m. of the Cloggers, the “We’ve Got Talent 2” for kids up to 18 will follow and the corn hole tournament will get underway. As for the entertainment in the amphitheater, it begins at 2 p.m. with local singer Anna Darst, followed at 3 p.m. by Emerald City, and at 5 p.m. by “Got It for Dollars.”
The evening entertainment in the amphitheater will feature the popular “Insured Sound” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, in the mini park on Court Street there will be a teen dance with D.J. Kip Grueser.
The traditional balloon launch in memory of all those who have gone before will be held at 8 p.m., followed by the men’s sexy leg contest where there will be cash prizes and trophies awarded.
The traditional fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. and then “Ben Davis and The Dirt Poor Troubadors” will take the stage to wrap up the 2013 Sternwheel Festival.