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Travel: Get on a boat

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 08:57 AM

It's Labor Day weekend and it's no secret how we like to celebrate -- cue Ike and Tina Turner's "Rolling on the River."

Whether it's Portsmouth Ohio's super-sized River Days down on the banks of the Ohio or whitewater rafting fests and paddling in the New River Gorge, we like to get our boat on during Labor Day weekend as summertime and all its goodness begins to wane.

The Dave Trippin' crew always loves a good two-for-one special and you can find that in festival form this weekend with a short drive up river (on either Ohio 7 or WV 2) where the river cities of Gallipolis, Ohio and Point Pleasant, W.Va., both have cool festivals on the banks of the mighty Ohio.

As a nod to the working men and women of the towboat industry, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, the Point Pleasant River Museum, which is filled to the gills with great historical towboat pics and interactive displays, hosts its 7th annual Tribute to the River at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park with everything from working towboat tours to line throwing and corn hole contests.

There will also be lots of vendors, live music and, of course, visits to the museum, which is home to the 2,400-gallon Ohio River fish aquarium. Admission to the Riverfront Park is free. For questions, call the Point Pleasant River Museum at 304-674-0144.

While you're up that way, head over to Gallipolis City Park where they are hosting the free 7th Annual Harvest Moon Pow Wow from 10 a.m. to dark Saturday through Monday.

That fest features Native American culture expressed through music, dance and spirituality. For more info, call 740-379-2873.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia." Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.