POMEROY — A slight delay in the arrival of most of the sternwheelers did not seem to dampen the spirits of the attendees at the 2018 Pomeroy Sternwheel Regatta.
With two boats arriving on Thursday, while the dock remained under water, more arrived on Friday and even more on Saturday. Pomeroy Volunteer Firefighters cleaned the dock area as soon as the water went down, allowing for the boats to dock and enjoy the festivities.
The event kicked off with the Jim Sisson Memorial Fire Truck Parade on Thursday evening. The event, organized by the Pomeroy Firemen’s Association, included 34 emergency vehicles, the Meigs Marching Band and Grand Marshals George and Nelle Wright.
This is the first year the parade has been named for Sisson, who was a long-time volunteer firefighter in Pomeroy and past President of the Pomeroy Eagles.
After the parade was the opening ceremony with a performance of the National Anthem by the Meigs Marching Band as American Legion Drew Webster Post 39 conducted the flag raising. Music by Carl Acuff Jr. concluded the opening night.
The entertainment didn’t stop there, with history walks on Friday morning, followed in the evening by a Dance Off Contest and music by Blitzkrieg.
Saturday included the ever-popular chili cook-off, the crowd favorite Riverside Cloggers and a musical performance by Four on the Floor.
The annual event is hosted by the Pomeroy Eagles, with support from the Pomeroy Merchants Association and the Pomeroy Fire Department.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.