Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

Warm recollections are made in Marietta, home of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. One by one, from up waterway and down, the sternwheelers arrive. They go to The Riverboat Town to have some great ol’ molded fun at the occasion of the year – the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. The celebration happens every year – dependably the end of the week after Labor Day. The yearly occasion is a Marietta “must-see” as tens of paddle water crafts line the bank of the Levee for this diversion filled end of the week.

The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival was the brainchild of Harry Robinson and Captains Gene Fitch and Bob Limle. The main Ohio River Sternwheel Festival occurred the end of the week after Labor Day 1976. This celebration was held to urge tourism to the Marietta zone and additionally save the riverboat legacy for which our region is outstanding.

Throughout the years, this celebration has developed massively, drawing in an expected 100,000 individuals to the Marietta region amid the end of the week. Notwithstanding the 30-35 authentic sternwheel boats that line the stream bank, we offer an entire few days of free, quality, family oriented entertainment and the best firecrackers anyplace. A portion of the other events that occur amid the end of the week include: Children’s Activities; Coronation of Queen Genevieve, with grants awarded; Little Miss and Little Mr. Sternwheel Pageant; Sunday Sunrise Service; Rollin’ Oldies Car Show, and a Photo Contest.

September 7th-9th Marietta, OH