Charleston Sternwheel Regatta back in 2022 – La Tribune
CHARLESTON, West Virginia – After an absence of several years, a regatta will return to the tri-state as the mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, Amy Shuler Goodwin, announces the return of the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta on July 4.
She said the regatta meant so much to so many people and since taking office in 2019 she has had a lot of people asking her about it.
âSince the first day in power, people have been asking us, begging us, to bring back the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta. Due to the overwhelming amount of feedback we received, it was our priority to bring this famous event back from Charleston, âsaid Goodwin. âWhile it might not look exactly like it has been in years past, we plan to incorporate a lot of regatta basics into next year’s event. This will allow us to continue the legacy of Regatta while adding new features and events. “
Tim Brady, president and CEO of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau cited the âsignificant economic impactâ of having thousands of people visiting Charleston for the event.
Cash registers will ring all over town as visitors spend money on hotels, food, drink and shopping, âhe said. “It is no exaggeration to say that the event will generate millions of dollars in tourism spending in Charleston.”
The group of boats that are helping to organize the event are also happy to have their return.
âWe are very happy to see this opportunity return to Charleston. This is a very exciting time for us as we honor the past, present and future of Regatta and the paddle boats that are so devoted to our riverside, âsaid Robin Jones, Riverboat Captain , member of the Sternwheel Association and former member of the Sternwheel Regatta committee. “My husband, Nelson Jones, was the founder of Regatta in 1971. He would be very happy if Mayor Amy brought this event back.”
A full schedule will be announced in the coming months.
The Charleston Sternwheel Regatta began in 1971 after a 12-year-old boy suggested to the mayor that the city organize an paddle race. At its peak, the event grew into a 10-day event that drew 20,000 people.
One of its most popular features was seeing groups for free. Some of the bands that performed included Cheap Trick, The Beach Boys, Kansas, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Miami Sound Machine, Ray Charles, Puddle of Mud, Blues Traveler, Jefferson Starship and Starship, Warrant, Quiet Riot , Blue Oyster Cult, Joan Jett and Meat Loaf.
The regatta last took place in 2009 due to financial difficulties.