Sternwheel Festival kicks off on Friday

MARIETTA — The 2019 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will feature a variety of music during the three-day event at the Ohio River Levee on Friday through Sunday.

Among local performers will be Steve and Bev Pottmeyer, Stallion, Marietta High School Wall of Sound and Vocal Point, Two Buds and a Slap Box, Anthony Mossburg, Track 9, Jake Binegar, Alfie and the Omegas, Sons of Maverick and The Settlement Band. This year’s headliners include Oak & Ash, the Blue Stones, Simply Queen and Motown Sounds of Touch.

Another major attraction will be the annual fireworks display Saturday , the Harry J. Robinson Fireworks Display, from 9:30-10 p.m. Fireworks are fired from the water with a radio simulcast on WNUS beginning about 9:15 p.m.

The theme for this year’s musical accompaniment will be “A Salute to River Songs” and “Queen.” The fireworks display will be choreographed to music from that theme and other musical offerings included in the program.

The river theme includes music from Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, The Talking Heads and other river-focused songs.

Songs from Queen include the “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack.

On Sunday, auto enthusiasts will have the chance to see a variety of local cars, trucks and motorcycles on the final afternoon of the Festival.

The 22nd annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival Car Show will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in and around the 200 block of Second Street. The event is organized by the Rollin’ Oldies Car Club.

The 2019 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival schedule:


* 6 p.m.: Opening ceremony

* 7 p.m.: Steve & Beverly Pottmeyer

* 7:30 p.m.: Little Miss and Mr. Sternwheel Pageant (Lafayette Hotel Ballroom)

* 8 p.m.: Stallion

* 9 p.m.: Oak & Ash

* 10 p.m.: The Blue Stones


* Noon: Marietta High School Wall of Sound

* Noon-4 p.m.: Children’s Activities at the Gazebo

* 1 p.m.: Marietta High School Choir – Vocal Point

* 2 p.m. Two Buds and a Slap Box

* 3 p.m.: Anthony Mossburg

* 4 p.m.: Four on the Floor

* 5 p.m.: Track 9

* 6 p.m.: Jake Binegar

* 6:30 p.m.: Anthony Mossburg

* 7 p.m.: Coronation of Queen Genevieve

* 7:30 p.m.: Jake Binegar

* 8 p.m.: Track 9

* 9 p.m.: Simply Queen

* 9:30 p.m.: Harry J. Robinson Memorial Fireworks

* 10 p.m.: Simply Queen


* 8 a.m.: Sunrise Service

* 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Car Show (Second Street)

* 10 a.m.: Alfie and Omegas

* 11 a.m.: Sons of Maverick

* Noon: The Settlement Band

* Noon-4 p.m.: Children’s Activities at the Gazebo

* 1 p.m.: Capt. James E. Sands Memorial Races

* 2 p.m.: The Settlement Band

* 2:30 p.m.: Motown Sounds of Touch