This year’s Ohio River Festival was a great success and plans are already in the works’ for next year’s event.
Festival president Lucy Harbert said she’s already reserved Washington Riverfront Park for next year’s festival. The dates are set for Aug. 2, 3 and 4.
And Harbert said despite some misinformation going around on social media and incorrect information in Friday’s Ravenswood Senior News by Mary Lou Robinson, she plans to continue as festival president.
Harbert said this year’s festival was the best in the last three years in terms of attendance.
“I think our parade was one of the best we’ve had,” she said. “And I thought our bocce tournament went really well.”
The car show at the shopping plaza went well, and the power boat races were a great success thanks to sponsor Constellium. Also, thanks to the city of Ravenswood, the fireworks show was one of the best ever, Harbert said.
Harbert, who was inducted into the West Virginia Fairs and Festivals Hall of Fame last year, was honored this year for her 36th year of involvement with the Ohio River Festival.
“My wonderful committee surprised me with roses to thank me,” she said. “Each one gave me a rose, so I ended up with 24 in total. They also gave me a plaque. It was an honor.”
Harbert said she wanted to thank her committee for all of their work. The festival wouldn’t be possible without them.
“We have some really good people on that committee who work really hard,” Harbert said.
It’s been three years since the festival was restarted. Harbert oversaw Octoberfest from 2000-2015 but brought back the Ohio River Festival in 2016.
“This was the best one we’ve had since we brought it back,” she said. “We beat both years. Everywhere I go, I’ve received compliments from people who had a really good time. That’s the most important thing. It makes it all worth the work.”