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Huntington Classic boat races this weekend

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 08:09 PM

HUNTINGTON — A Waterways Expo showcasing the Ohio River is part of The Huntington Classic power boat races this weekend at Harris Riverfront Park.

The Huntington Classic is Saturday and Sunday tunnel boat racing for American Power Boat Association North East Divisional Championships.

While some of the nation’s top tunnel boat drivers race on the river, a large tent set up inside the 10th Street entrance to the park will house the Waterways Expo.

“This Expo is something unique that many people have worked to put together in an effort to allow people to see how valuable our Ohio River is,” Huntington Classic chairman Dan Ferguson said in a news release. “Not only does it provide us with entertainment and recreational opportunities, but it also provides for employment and plays a major role in our regional economy.”

The expo will feature an interactive display provided by RiverWorks Discovery, a non-profit river education initiative. Part of the RiverWorks booth will include a working replica of an actual lock and dam that allows children and adults to see how America’s barge industry operates.

Also part of the expo are displays by Marathon Petroleum Co., Ingram Barge Line, AEP River Operations, the Inland Waterways Academy, Huntington District Waterways Association, Propeller Club of Huntington, TPG Marine and other companies, groups and government agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Ferguson said Marathon Petroleum Company and AEP River Operations will both have a working tow boat docked at Harris Riverfront Park’s seawall immediately following Saturday’s boat racing. Race fans and visitors to the park can tour the boats throughout the evening and learn about career opportunities that are available on the river system.

Saturday evening activities include a country music concert featuring Julie Reeves of radio station WDGG The Dawg 93.7-FM in the park amphitheater.

Food and beverage venders will be open in the park.

Also, the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival is going on Saturday at Pullman Square and the Cincinnati Belle sternwheeler will offer Sunday sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises. More information and ticket prices for the Cincinnati Belle tours are available at www.bbriverboats.com/summertour.

“There is something for everyone this weekend in and around Harris Riverfront Park,” Ferguson said.

Admission is free for all events of The Huntington Classic.