Marietta Gears Up For Riverfront Roar

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UPDATED 7:30 PM Friday July 11

It's time for the Marietta River Front Roar.

A Mid Ohio Valley tradition that didn't have very good luck last year.

River waters were, too high, but this year, it's back and better than ever.

The speed boats are on display Friday evening on Front Street.

Racers say they are happy to be back with lots of excitement especially after last year's cancellation.

"It's a sport that you just have to love it to be in it. Boat racing is not like car racing, it's not really quick. It takes a while to get the boats in and out of the water. Boat racing is a happening, ya gotta want to be here and enjoy it," said Jerry Book, Commodore of the Buckeye Outboard Association.

Law enforcement says safety plans are in place if anything where to happen.

Officials say to make sure everyone drinks enough water, spend time in the shade and if you with a group of people, have a meeting place, in case of an emergency.

Fire, sheriff and police officers will be out all weekend.

The Marietta Fire and Police Boats, Williamstown Fire Boat and the U.S. Coast Guard will all be on the water.

Officials say if a boats flips, the racer is done, they cannot continue racing. The the boats can splinter and break, very easily.
A busy weekend ahead for downtown Marietta.

The Marietta Riverfront Roar is Friday through Sunday, featuring speed boat races, concerts, vendors and more.

Filling up local hotels a year in advance.

Plus Friday night is the Merchants and Artist Walk.

Marietta Main Street is encouraging people to shop small and shop local.

"This experience for one this is wonderful. But no only are you contributing by buying here, you are just making our whole community better by shopping local," says Jean Farmer, director of Marietta Main Street.

"I mean it has a huge impact, because we see obviously a higher volume of business and in the lounge and the dining room. And you just have more people coming in and checking things out," says Sheila Rhodes, manager of the Lafayette Hotel.

For visitors and locals, the convention and visitor's bureau has all your tourist information and is open all weekend.

Click on the link to the right for a complete Marietta Riverfront Roar schedule.

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