The Ravenswood Ohio River Festival is the longest running festival in the state with funding provided by a state grant and sponsor donations, organizers said.
This year’s festival is Aug. 2-4 at Washington’s Riverfront Park.
This marks the 35th year for the festival, and Lucy Harbert has been a part of it since it started, having been president for 30 years. She was inducted into the Fairs and Festivals Hall of Fame in 2017 for her years of service, dedication and accomplishments for her long-standing commitment to the festival.
“We are very excited about the festival this year and think it will be the best-ever,” Harbert said.
The festival will feature top ranked entertainers, Restless Heart plus other great entertainment, Formula 4 Power Boat Racing, Wacky Cardboard Boat Race, Inflatables, Corn Hole Tournament, Bocce Tournament, Royal Rubber Ducky Drop, Duck Pond, Crowning of the River Queen, Face Painting, Spin the Sternwheel to win prizes, Food vendors, Craft vendors and much more.
The event is organized by Harbert and a small group of dedicated people including: Mike Kelly, vice president; Lori Bradley, secretary/treasurer; Connie Dunlap, marketing; Polla Johnson, parade chair; Nikki Romeo, crafts chair; and committee members Sue Quillen, Jeanette Morgan, Cindy Riggs, Debbie Nagraj, Jared Bloxton, Ruth Brooks, Nola Cesteric, Olivia Price, and Lin Mason.
These individuals play important roles in the planning and implementation of the festival to ensure the people of Ravenswood and surrounding areas have top-rated entertainment and many other activities to enjoy while attending the festival.
Sarah Vinorini serves as the festival’s pageant director. This year, Megan Stowers was crowned Queen Daphne XXXV. Ashlyn Donohew was named Teen Queen, and Taylor Randolph was named Junior Miss Queen after competing and winning at the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival Pageant, which was sponsored by the City of Ravenswood.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone to ‘Our Town on the River.’ We promise you won’t leave disappointed,” Dunlap said.