Riverfront Roar begins Friday

Event runs through Sunday

MARIETTA — The 19th annual Marietta Riverfront Roar will be Friday through Sunday.

The event features live entertainment, fireworks and tunnel boat races.

There will be three sets of races: ProTunnel 1, ProTunnel 2 and ProSport. The PT1 Series, which was formerly Formula Two, includes 200 horsepower boats, which reach top speeds of 110 miles per hour and can take 5G turns on a circle course, according to Powerboat Nationals.

The PT2 Series, which was Formula Four, includes 70 horsepower boats, which can reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour. The ProSport Series includes the jet skis.

Organizers said there are scheduled to be approximately 10 racers in the PT1 Series, 14 racers in the PT2 Series and six ProSport racers.

There will be a lot for visitors to downtown Marietta that weekend, including inflatables for the kids and new musical entertainment. The inflatables will be on Greene Street between Second and Third streets.

The new musical acts will be Aftershock, OYO and the Red Idle Rejects. Aftershock plays classic rock, Red Idle Rejects play alternative country and Americana, while OYO plays American folk, bluegrass, old school country and rock.

Acts returning to the Roar this year are Jinxd, which plays a variety of genres of music; The Bash, which plays rock; and The Faculty, which is a classic rock and country band.

The entertainment will play on a stage in the parking lot by the Lafayette Hotel.

A big draw on Saturday will be the fireworks, and on Sunday will be the Rollin’ Oldies Car Club show near the Armory.

The schedule includes:


* 5 p.m.: Powerboats on display on Front Street, Greene Street and Second Street

* 6-8 p.m.: OYO performs

* 8-10 p.m.: Jinxd performs

* 10 p.m.-midnight: The Bash performs


* 9 a.m.: Corporate displays open

* 10 a.m.: Powerboats on the Ohio River for testing

* 11 a.m.: Beer garden opens

* Noon: Opening ceremonies at the Ohio River Levee

* 1 p.m.: Heat races begin

* 5 p.m.: Heat races conclude

* 6-8 p.m.: Red Idle Rejects perform

* 8-9:30 p.m.: The Faculty performs

* 9:30-9:50 p.m.: Fireworks show

* 10 p.m.-midnight: Aftershock performs


* 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Rollin’ Oldies Car Club Show near the Armory

* 11 a.m.: Beer garden opens

* Noon: Race day opening ceremonies

* 1-4 p.m.: Final races

* 5 p.m.: Trophies awarded