The streets of the town of Marietta were flooded with spectators as the final day of Riverfront Roar unfolded.
Riverfront Roar featured a car show, boat races and attractions for all to enjoy on Sunday.
At 8 a.m. the Rollin’ Oldies Car Show kicked off. The show featured many Ford Mustangs, Chevy Chevelles, trucks and Volkswagens. Front Street was an array of colors and the number of vehicles increased as the day went on.
Rollin’ Oldies Car Club member Harry Moore said the car show has been going on for about 45 years. He said more people are willing to come and see the cars if the weather is good.
“I’ll tell you what makes the car show is time,” he said. “If the weather is nice, like the nice day today, it’s a good show.
Moore said about 115 cars were registered for display.
“Any type of car you like, you can find it here in good condition,” he said.
Neil Dowler, who has been restoring cars for about 40 years, traveled from Washington, W.Va. to participate in the event. Dowler brought an orange and cream colored 1956 Chevrolet Belair Hardtop to the show. He bought it in 2005 and began restoring it in 2009. He said he had one in high school and decided to find another to build.
“It’s a good pastime because if you use your hands, it keeps the body working,” he said. “I like old cars. I had many. »
Dowler usually comes to the Sternwheel Festival car show, but said it was his first year at this one. He said he loves car shows because he can meet people with similar interests to his. Dowler said he had won awards at many auto shows, but was not participating for the awards.
“My wife says these trophies are just dust collectors,” he said.
The Ohio Grand Prix featured the American Powerboat Association Central F200 Divisional Championship and APBA SST45/Formula Light Region 6 Championship between noon and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Nashville Marine racing team driver David McMurray said he decided to start a boat racing team seven years ago.
“We jumped in with our feet first” he said.
McMurray said he has a boat dealership in Kentucky that sells pontoon boats and fishing boats. He said he always had a passion for racing and had done motocross and drag racing in the past. He said they traveled all over the United States to find races to enter and that this was the first time he had entered races during Riverfront Roar.
“It’s my first time, I like it” he said. “I’ll be back”
McMurray said he loved when he felt like people liked him and enjoyed his runs. On Saturday he finished seventh in one of the races and was first in the final qualifying for Sunday.
Emily Carson, from Portsmouth, said she had been going to Riverfront Roar for 16 years. She said she’s coming for the fabulous races.
“We come with a few different racing teams, so it’s always fun to be here with the teams you know personally,” she says. “The whole festival is just a lot of fun. We love the place, staying at the Lafayette (hotel) and the music.”
Greene Street had activities for all ages and several food vendor options like hot corn, Kona ice cream, carnival food, and barbecue. It featured different inflatables, like a bouncy castle and a foam pit. The Alexander Express drove down the street and weaved its way through passers-by.
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