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Inland Waterways Festival

August 1 & 2, 2015

orsanco The Inland Waterways Festival is a free, educational event with performers, storytellers, music, hands-on activities, model boat demonstrations, whistle blows, steam launch rides, wildlife displays featuring raptors, owls, & a 2,200 gallon freshwater aquarium. Below is a list of participants and events we have for our 2015 year!

The purpose of the Inland Waterways Festival is to commemorate the heritage and continuing importance of America’s rivers, canals, and lakes in the development of the Nation. Our goal is to educate the public about how the waterways were a viable means of transportation for commerce and culture and are still heavily relied upon today.

All scheduled events and participants are subject to change.

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Model Boats

Children's Activities

line throwing competition

WP Snyder Jr.

WP Snyder Jr

The W. P. Snyder Jr. was originally built as the Carnegie Steel Co. towboat W. H. Clingerman in 1918 by Rees of Pittburgh, PA. In 1938 she was renamed J. L. Perry and in 1945 A-1. In August 1945 she was sold to Crucible Fuel Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and again renamed W. P. Snyder Jr. in September 1945.

She was a sister vessel of the W. H. Colvin Jr.. She towed coal on the Monongahela river until she was laid up in September 23, 1953, at Crucible, PA. In the summer of 1955 the boat was given to the Ohio Historic Society for exhibit at the Ohio River Museum of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, Marietta, OH. The W. P. Snyder Jr. was the last steamboat locking through Lock 1, Muskingum river, before it was removed. She arrived with Capt. Fred Way Jr. as master at Marietta on September 16, 1955.

The W.P. Snyder Jr. will be open for tours during the Inland Waterways Festival.

Schedule of Events

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Saturday, August 1

9:30 Festival Opens
10:00 Susanna Holstein, Granny Sue
10:30 WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center Show
11:00 Nathan Lynn, Storyteller/Musician
Noon Michael Dickinson, Artist
1:00 W.P. Snyder Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration
Susan Fowler, Artist, Storyteller, Scientist
1:30 Woody & Bea Rutter Narration
2:00 Line Throwing Competition
WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center Show
2:30 Nathan Lynn, Storyteller/Musician
3:00 "Riverboat John" Ferguson
3:30 Susanna Holstein, Granny Sue
4:00 Mark Twain Performance
5:00 Festival Closes

Sunday, August 2

Noon Festival Opens
WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center Show
12:30 Michael Dickinson, Artist
1:00 Susan Fowler, Artist, Storyteller, Scientist
1:30 Nathan Lynn, Storyteller/Musician
2:00 "Riverboat John" Ferguson
2:30 Susanna Holstein, Granny Sue
3:00 Tony Ellis, Musician
3:30 Narrated Snyder Return Video
4:00 Mark Twain Performance
5:00 Festival Closes


The Inland Waterways Festival is located on the grounds of the Ohio River Museum at 601 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio, one block from Ohio State Route 7, and minutes from I-77. Free parking is available in the museum parking lot. Ohio River Museum is also wheelchair accessible, except for W.P. Snyder.

Use the interactive map below for specific driving instructions.

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Event Sponsors

We would like to send out a big thank you to the following Inland Waterways Festival 2015 Sponsors! This would not be possible without your help!

Captain Level Sponsors:
WCPL Logo MCF Logo
CVB Logo Amherst Logo

Pilot Level Sponsors:

Mate Level Sponsors:
AEP logo
Elks logo

Gary & Sharon Frye

Deckhand Level Sponsors:

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Marietta Community Foundation Donors:

J. Francis and Lillian Strecker Smith Fund
Karl D. & Anna Schultheis Marsch Fund
Broughton-Sugden Fund
F. Buchanon, J.H. McCoy, H.Switzer & Mildren Fund
Betty Markel Hallock Memorial Fund
Ida P. Zimmer Memorial Fund
Barb & Jack Moberg Charitable Fund
Juhola Family Charitable Fund
Charles Hobbs Rhodes & Beulah Lee Rhodes Memorial Fund
Tony Popp Memorial Fund
Harold & Janet Cranston Charitable Fund
Norman J. Murray Family Charitable Fund
Rutter Family Charitable Fund
Clare Lewis Kremer Charitable Fund
Doing Good Today, Tomorrow, Together Fund

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