Ravenswood Ohio River Festival Aug. 6-8; golf tournament reservations open till mid-May

J. Connie Dunlap

The Ravenswood Ohio River Festival is hosting its first golf tournament at Green Hills Golf Course on Saturday, June 19, to raise money for the 2021 festival Friday-Sunday, Aug. 6-8.

Reservations to play are open until mid-May. Golfers are urged to submit registrations early. Scrabble of a four-player team costs $200, with golf course members receiving a discount. Hole sponsorships for $250 are still available. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place, with additional prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive for male and female.

Lucy Harbert, president of the festival, said, “We usually have an elimination dinner which attracts a huge number of people. With the health pandemic, we decided an outdoor event would be safer. Plus, it will be a lot of fun.”

Green Hills Golf Course will also be the site of the Ravenswood Ohio Festival Queen Pageant on Saturday, June 19, at 9 a.m. Three age divisions will be selected, including Queen Daphne (ages 16-21), Teen Queen (13-15) and Pre-Teen Queen (9-12). These are open to participants living both in and outside Jackson County.

For the first time, a Miss Jackson County will be selected from ages 16-21. This contest is only open to Jackson County residents.

The contest for River Queen is judged in a different way. Those age 40 and over can enter, with the crown being given on Friday, Aug. 6, to the one who collects the most votes at a penny each.

With the festival being cancelled in 2020 due to the health crisis, organizers are determined to make this year’s celebration special.

Everyone has fun in the water at the festival.

“We want to make this the best festival ever,” Harbert said. “There will be many things to do with the grand parade, boat races, scavenger hunt, rubber ducky and wacky cardboard boat races, food, crafts and so much more. Of course, we’ll have fireworks too.”

Ski boat races are a highlight of the Ohio River Festival

The festival is the result of hard work by Harbert, numerous committee members and many volunteers.

“Fundraisers and donations are the key to having this event,” said Harbert.

For registration forms and information, visit the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival Facebook page, call 304-273-2293 or email ravenswoodohioriverfestival@yahoo.com.