Wheeling CVBlog: Waterfront Weekends
Heritage Port Events
By: Jennifer Materkoski, MA
Summer is coming to an end, but the event schedule at Heritage Port is still hot. Here is a look ahead at some of the events you won’t want to miss:
- King’s Daughters Dragon Boat Racing (Saturday, August 27): Now in its second year, Dragon Boat Racing brings a 2,300-year-old Chinese tradition to Heritage Port. Teams of 20 paddlers and a steerer work together while an on-board drummer keeps the beat. Teams will race in pairs in timed heats to move on to the final round. Last year’s inaugural event saw 12 teams competing for the title.
In addition to the racing, there will be food and drink vendors on site, as well as a crafting and coloring area for children. All proceeds from the event benefit King’s Daughters Child Care Center in Wheeling. For more information, please visit www.dragonboatwheeling.com.
- Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta (September 2-4): The 11th Annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta pulls into Heritage Port on Friday, September 2. At 10:00 a.m., registration opens to participants and pits open for guests to tour or talk with boat captains. Racing begins Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
In addition to the racing, entertainment will be provided by The New Age Adenas, Joe Zelek Band and more. The Ohio Valley Hillhoppers will also be on hand to provide radio control airplane demonstrations. There will also be children’s activities provided by SeaQuest.
Proceeds from the event benefit Easter Seals Rehabilitation Services in Wheeling.
- West Virginia Panhandle Pumper Society Fire Muster (Saturday, September 11): The WVPPS is a local chapter of a national society for the preservation and appreciation of antique motor fire apparatus. This is the 11th year for the fire muster, which gives visitors an opportunity to both antique and new fire trucks in action. The event also features a fire prevention trailer, free smoke detectors for kids and a short parade through downtown. There is no admission charge for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
- Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival (September 15 – 17): The 15th Annual Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival kicks off Thursday, September 15 at 11 a.m. This year features a full schedule of entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks and boat tours. Food and craft vendors will also be on site.
This year’s entertainers include Tim Ullom and Jason Treuman, Roger Hoard Jazz Quartet, Radio Tokyo, Matt Van Fossen, AC/DC Thunderstruck Tribute, Tom Roddey, Big Bill Dupree and the Mercenaries, Hit Play, Natural Wonder (Stevie Wonder tribute), Ariellettes Acrobatic Academy, Twice as Nice, and The Hillbilly Way. The festival will close out Saturday night with Zambelli Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
The event opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday and 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There is no admission charge.