Business Increases During Riverfront Roar

Ohio River in Jackson County, West Virginia
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It's an event that brings in professional power boat racers from across the country, but the Marietta Riverfront Roar also brings in a roaring increase in revenue for local businesses.

"They do their shopping...the hotels are fully booked in the area and this is becoming a great economic boost for the area as well," said event chair Gary Williams.

Not only does the community see a financial growth during the roar weekend, but spectators come together to donate and help fundraise for area businesses including the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley and the VFW.

"Different organizations are going to have the chance to raise some money and in return have some fun for the community as well," Williams said.

Many drivers came a few days early to enjoy the sights of the area including driver Roddy Foreman from Austin, Texas who recently won the North American Championship. "It's a really friendly town. Everyone has been so nice and it's so beautiful. The weather's awesome...the people are great, the restaurants are great...we're really enjoying it."

"I think the roar brings the community together. It's a good wholesome clean fun all weekend. You see great racing families come in for this. People come in from out of town every year. It's become a Marietta tradition," Williams said.

A Marietta tradition that is eleven years strong....and still roaring on.

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