POINT PLEASANT — This year’s Tribute to the River will kick off at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 30, with a performance from the country and classic rock band, Two River Junction.
“This will be our seventh annual Tribute to the River,” said Jack Fowler, director of the Point Pleasant River Museum and one of the organizers of the fundraising event.
On the morning of Saturday, August 31, people will have the chance to come and eat breakfast all together.
“Tom and Wilma Pile had the idea to organize a breakfast which is open to the public and starts at 6 a.m,” Fowler said, “They’ve got a great menu of pancakes, eggs, bacon, juices, coffee, and teas.”
Fowler said he would like to see local people show up for the breakfast, which will run until about 9 a.m.
“We hope people will come and share their time with us. We’ll have a good time,” Fowler said.
After the breakfast, AEP will arrange for the public to tour a towboat.
“We’re not sure which boat it’ll be yet, but that’ll be a good event. Everyone is always really attracted to the boat tour, and seeing the equipment that the guys work with. That’s a good time,” Fowler said.
Of course, Fowler said, the museum will be open as usual during the Tribute.
“We encourage people to come and see what we do here on a daily basis,” Fowler said.
In addition to the breakfast, various foods will be available all day.
“We’ve turned concessions over this year to a lady from Meigs County, Darlene Hayes. She’s going to bring her trailer; she has a really good selection of hamburgers and hotdogs and things like that,”
Fowler added that a local church will also provide some other concession options, including ice cream.
“At 11 a.m. Amherst-Madison will bring their whistles and we’ll have our whistle-blowing,” said Fowler. “we’ll sign up at that time for our cornhole contest. There’ll be prizes for those events.”
Fowler said that any children who attend will also have opportunities to win prizes.
“Denise Bonecutter will organize the children’s games this year,” said Fowler, adding that he and other organizers will pick up the usual tent from the Do It Center in Point Pleasant.
In the afternoon sternwheelers will parade on the river.
“That’s one of the highlights,” Fowler said. “Then at 6 p.m. we are going try to have a memorial service and recognize and remember those rivermen and women who have perished.”
In the evening, the Mountain State Dulcimer Society will perform, after which an elimination drawing will be held, and Sam Stevens will play from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
“We encourage people to dance, and have fun,” said Fowler.
Those who would like a full schedule or more information about the Tribute, may call the Point Pleasant River Museum at (304)674-0144.