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City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta

Clark Davis

The city of Huntington is bringing back the classic regatta this weekend in hopes to spur more economic activity downtown.

On the heels of a three-year successful run with powerboat races, city officials decided to bring back the old tradition of a Classic Regatta to Harris Riverfront Park. The event will run three days starting this Friday through Sunday.

Attendance will be free, with events like a carnival, car show and two days of Powerboat Nationals racing. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is excited about the differences between past events and this weekend’s event.

“The difference between now and back then is that as there is an overflow into town there are things for people to do in the city now that they didn’t have the opportunity to do,” Williams said. “When they would walk out, all that was out there beyond the wall was cruise avenue and now we have everything on Third avenue and Fourth Avenue and beyond.”

Each day’s festivities will begin at 10 a.m.   

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