COMING THURSDAY: THE AMERICAN QUEEN
The American Queen, considered the largest riverboat in the world, is set to dock at Huntington's Harris Riverfront Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 26, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, June 30. The riverboat has not stopped in Huntington for more than a decade, so if you want to head down to the riverfront to take in the sights, here's what to know before you go:
WHAT YOU'LL SEE: It's free to view and take photos of the American Queen, but there are no public tours of the docked boat. Dale Jones and the Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers will play Dixieland Jazz music from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, while Dave Peyton, Joe Dobbs and Charlie Bowen, and their string-based jug-band The 1937 Flood, will play from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday.
JEWEL CITY HOSPITALITY: The Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau asks that folks come to the park at 5 p.m. for both dockings to wave to the boat's passengers as they depart.
ABOUT THE QUEEN: The U.S. flagged American Queen is longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim. It has 222 state rooms for a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. She is 418 feet long and 89 feet wide.
FOR MORE INFO: Contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit online at www.AQSC.com or call a professional travel agent for reservations or if you have any questions.
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