MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) – Well over a dozen sternwheelers have already docked in front of the Lafayette in Marietta for the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival this weekend.
According to captains, the sternwheel festival has been getting a little smaller due to an aging pool of boaters. But with that said, sternwheel captains are still excited to pull into Marietta.
Captain Carl Deaton has owned the Dresden Belle since 1998. He says he and his wife enjoy floating over one thousand miles a year in their sternwheel. He says the best part about the hobby is meeting all the fellow hobbyists.
“It’s similar to camping with an RV, just good people. They all, we all, we all seem to be a small community,” said Deaton.
The sternwheel festival begins on Friday, September 6th and on Sunday the 8th you can catch Captain Deaton with his Dresden Belle in the sternwheel races.