Take Me to the Other Side

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It won't be as massive as the event taking place on the Ohio side of the river. But Saturday's riverfront event in Williamstown offers some of the same events as its counterpart in Marietta.

And, while the crowds won't be as large, the Williamstown event will bring in its share of spectators.

"I think more of our people are from the Williamstown and West Virginia side of the river," says coordinator Brian Fulton. "People come from Parkersburg, Vienna and I think that’s more of who we're catering to."

Boating traffic will also be part of the Williamstown festival, but Police Chief Bill Minnear reminds boaters that the boat ramp near Front Street will be closed Friday night, while preparations are under way for Saturday's activities.

Both Marietta and Williamstown will be concerned Saturday night with the Ohio River Bridge, which will be close to the site of the festival fireworks display.

"The bridge will be open to vehicular traffic during the fireworks," says Chief Minnear, "but we'll close it down at 9 p.m. to pedestrian traffic. There is a piece of the bridge, not fireworks related, that will be a part of the show, so we'll have to allow them time to set up for that."

And for the first time ever, WTAP-TV will be broadcasting live from the festival from Marietta.

From Daybreak Friday morning to weather updates and interviews during our newscasts through Sunday, we'll be bringing the sights and sounds of the festival live.

Live coverage kicks off Friday morning with "Daybreak" from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.