Locals Respond to Return of Charleston Sternwheel Regatta
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – On the last night of Live on the Levee another celebration began, with Mayor Amy Goodwin announcing the return of the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta.
After a 12-year hiatus, the nautical event will return in 2022.
Those who have attended a regatta in Charleston say they have fond memories of the boating event.
âThe regatta is a blast, the regatta is FestivAll and the best of Charleston all together,â said Evan Wilson, chef at Ichiban Restaurant.
It is said that at its peak it was a 10 day event, with rides and a parade.
“And they had Ray Charles, they had big national groups, they had a quarter of a million people here,” recalls a boater who competed at the start of the first regatta in 1971.
Live on the Levee has since replaced the regatta, combining navigation, music, dance and gastronomy.
City officials don’t have an exact figure on the economic impact of the regatta, but estimate it to be in the millions.
âIt’s definitely a godsend for everyone and for their business, especially with what we’re going through right now with Covid,â Wilson said.
The next regatta is scheduled for July 1 to 4, 2022.
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