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Pandemic sinks Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

MARIETTA — The pandemic has claimed another popular festival for this year in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Organizers of the 45th Ohio River Sternwheel Festival said the show will not be held in September, but will return in September 2021.

“While we tried to remain optimistic that there was a path forward, we also deeply value the health and safety of our festival attendees, volunteers, vendors, performers and the Mid-Ohio Valley area with all its businesses and employees,” a release from festival Director General Greta Guimond said. “The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival Board and the Marietta-Belpre Health Department have jointly determined that we cannot adequately ensure the health and safety of 60,000 to 100,000 individuals in such a small geographic location. This has been a gut-wrenching decision, but we are very appreciative of the kind words and support that we have received from so many.”

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