By Wayne Allen
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Portsmouth Saturday morning to watch the annual River Days Festival Parade.
The annual parade featured representation from many organizations — including local candidates for Miss River Days, high school marching bands and many others. The route started at Spartan Stadium, north on Boundary, west on Jackson, north on Offnere, west on Gallia, north on Gay ending at Tracy Park.
The festival schedule on Saturday included the 37th Annual Run For Your Life starting at 7a.m. starting and finishing at the SOMC Life Center. On the river front stage Larry Pancake took the stage and was the opening act for Eddie Money who also took the stage Saturday night.
Activities for Sunday, Aug. 31, starts with the Ducky Derby at 11 a.m. at the Court Street Landing. There is a full slate of childrens activities in York Park from 1-4 p.m. At 2 p.m. the James Owens Magic Show will begin. At 6 p.m. Josh Stewart will take the river front stage, at 7:30 p.m. the Campbell sisters will take the stage. At 9 p.m. Doc Roc and the Remedies will take the stage. A fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. on the river front.
On Monday, Sept. 1, the 42nd Annual Antique and Collector Car Show will be on Second Street in Portsmouth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to festive officials the midway rides for the festival will be along Second Street. In anticipation Second Street will be closed from 5 p.m. on Aug. 26, until Sept. 2. There will also be a variety of vendors lining Court Street, Front Street and inside the flood wall.
For more information about the River Days Festival visit, portsmouthriverdays.org or visit them on Facebook.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT