Yes, I heard a little something about it. It's a fun weekend if you like crowds and noise, but the musical entertainment is usually quite good. We've had Molly Hatchett, 38 Special, Blackhawk (they were great), Sammy Kershaw came last year... The sternwheelers are interesting - and the guys who build and run them are even more interesting. The sternwheel races are cool. You'd think it'd be like watching paint dry, or maybe like watching two 4104's drag racing,,, uphill - but actually it's kinda neat.
The festival is always the weekend after Labor Day, so this year I think it's September 9-10-11. Here's a link:http://www.mariettaohio.org/sternwheel
For my money, I prefer the Riverfront Roar - held the weekend of July 7-8-9. Big time Hydroplane racing - big time fun.
I wanted a bigboy hobby/toy, and I was torn between bussin' and building a large boat (I've built several small boats). I realized that with the boat in this area you basically have two choices - you can go up the river, or you can go down the river. With the bus you can go almost anywhere.
If anybody's coming and I can help with arrangements, tour guide services, local secrets (I know where the really
good food is) or whatever, shoot me an Email.
(P.S., how's thing in Spencer?)