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Hallmark Tradition is Fun for the Whole Family

By Staff | May 8, 2019

Pictured L-R Wetzel County Commissioner Larry Lemons, New Martinsville City Recorder Kim Whiteman, Sam Winer, Sherron Winer, Deanna McConaughey, Wetzel County Commisioner Lisa Heasley, New Martinsville City Councilman Steve Pallisco, and Wetzel County Commissioner Greg Morris.

On Tuesday, April 30, the New Martinsville Regatta Committe held a press conference at New Martinsville City Hall, to announce an enhanced RegattaFest event planned for September 2019. According to Sharon Winer President of the RegattaFest, the eight annual event has been awarded, by the American Power Boat Association for the SST 120, SST 60, SuperSport, and the entire YThundercats catergory, during the September 28-29 event. The official announcement was made jointly by James Chambers, the OPC Commission Chair and Robin Shane, Thundercat Chair, after a careful examination of all presented bids.

“Early each year, member clubs and organizations prepare and present bids to the various APBA categories during the sanctioning organization’s annual meeting. As a partner of powerboat SulerLeague (the race producer for RegattaFest), I had the opportunity to provide an in-depth explanation on the value of choosing RegattaFest and the New Martinsville location,” stated Sherron Winer. “My job was so easy because RegattaFest and the Mid-to-Upper Ohio Valley region has an incredible reputation among teams for fast water, an excellent racing location, super hospitality, a festival that offers more than boat racing, and a professional organization with 34 years of worldwide racing experience to conduct the championship. Midway through my presentation, it was easy to see that the votes were going to go in favor of West Virginia.”

RegattaFest has become the gateway festival to fall activities in the valley, the weather is usually good, and the Board of Directors as well as various committee heads, work year-round to create a full weekend of what has become the hallmark tradition – Fast, Free, Family Fun – for the entire area.

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Activites which include local participation include the annual RegattaFEST Queen Pageant, the “Just for Kids” Fun Zone, and a two-day Corn Hole Tournament. New Programs will be announced as chairmen are found, and committiees are formed. Entertainment will include the return of Spike Riel, the tri-state area’s favorite DJ, on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The powerboat races continue to be the centerpiece of the popular festival featuring four classes and two categories of adrenalin-pushing, sanctioned APBA racing. Fast water, an established event, and the area’s unbeatable hospitality bring teams to Regatta Fest, from all over the United States, each one eager to claim a podium spot and add to their overall national points standings. Since the beginning, back in 1938, New Martinsville has been a well-known powerboat racing mecca for this part of the country, and this season will continue the 81-year tradition.

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The Classic Car Show returns for Saturday, and there will be an assortment of food vendors and displays all weekend. The theme for the eight annual RegattaFest is “a tradition of excellence combined with the spirit of inovation;” we know it’s the formula that guarantees a good time for everyone. Mark your calendars, and make plans to join your families, friends, and neighbors for FAST-FREE-FAMILY-FUN in downtown New Martinsville at Firemen’s Park on the banks of the Ohio River. September 28-29. RegattaFest.