The Riverfront Roar was well attended over the weekend, as it continues to grow in its 12th year. This year the Roar opened with the Merchants & Artists Walk Friday evening.
WMOA News spoke with the U.S. Marine Corps Recruitment Office, whose downtown display, the “Pull Up Bar Challenge” tested participants strength and endurance with prizes awarded. “We just like to go out in the community, get exposure, and support events in the community,” said the recruiter.
Teri Ann Pfeffer, owner of Teri Ann’s, said she was glad the bad weather stayed away. “The weather has cooperated wonderfully and we’re having a great night. The crowd turnout was good and the artists were wonderful,” said Pfeffer.
Karen Briley, of Schafer’s Leather, said the River Front Roar atmosphere was an exciting addition to the event.
“Some streets are closed and Front Street is displaying boat – people are walking around, really enjoying the evening, and it’s been a lot of fun,” said Briley.
Outflow winds from nearby thunderstorms created some choppy waters for the Roar during mid-afternoon Sunday, leading to some race boats flipping. One wrecked racer from Florida was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The winds subsided and the races were completed.