UPDATE: First RiverFest begins Friday night at Point Park

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 09/15/17 10:30 a.m.

Here's a schedule of events for RiverFest held at Point Park:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th - 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Flag Raising by the Marine Corps League
- Angered Souls performance
- John Kunze performance
- Kevin Hamric performance
- Appalachian Hustle performance
- Poobah performance
- Hit and Run performance

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH - 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- History and Tails by Mark Heslep
- Stephanie Stacy and Company performance
- Insured Sound performance
- Band of Brothers performance
- Mixx Band performance

UPDATE: 09/13/2017

Last weekend, Marietta hosted its 42nd annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. Parkersburg is looking to start a similar tradition of its own.

Sternwheelers are starting to dock at Point Park, days ahead of RiverFest.

Organizer Scot Heckert says he helped organize the festival to take advantage of the park's waterfront and to help boost the local economy.

"There's been four families staying on the boats since last Sunday, they've been shopping locally, been spending locally. And that's what it's all about it's for the betterment of Parkersburg and to bring all everybody in Parkersburg together and do something nice for the community," he said.

The 2-day event will feature 11 sternwheelers, various musical acts, vendors on both sides of the flood wall, and a historian showcasing the history of the the riverfront and Fort Boreman Park.

There will also be a moment of silence for 9/11 victims and for longtime Parkersburg Police officer Doug McLain who passed away earlier this year.

RiverFest begins on Friday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. It runs until Saturday, September 16. Festivities on Saturday begin at 4 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: 09/04/2017

"We have this wonderful waterfront, we might as well use it," Scot Heckert, one of the organizers of RiverFest, said.

The first ever RiverFest, set for September 15 and 16, will feature more than a dozen sternwheelers on the Ohio River at Point Park, several music acts, and local business vendors.

Organizers believe the event will be both educational and fun.

"Sternwheelers have been a big part of the river and the history of the river. And they're a big part of drawing crowds and businesses to the area," Heckert said.

The event will also feature a historian who will talk about the history of the river, Fort Boreman Park, and the importance of the sternwheelers.

Some of the sternwheelers will be available for tours.

"We're all pulling together to make sure the weekend is a big bang in Parkersburg because this is the first time in Parkersburg where multiple events are taking place downtown," Heckert said.

During that weekend, the Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest and Paddlefest will also take place.

RiverFest festivities are expected to start at 5 p.m. on the 15th and 16th.

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