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Daredevil doing Marietta stunt

Robbie Knievel helping promote $50M local project

June 11, 2013

Bringing daredevil Robbie Knievel to town to jump the Ohio River is just the prelude to something even bigger for the area, according to Marietta resident Wei Sheng....

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Aug-18-13 10:27 PM

We are a trusting, optomistic, community. I have been doing some homework regarding Outdoor Heaven. There are very few factual details surrounding the proposed Outdoor heaven and circus festivities. From a marketing standpoint, where is the daily news? (Marketing 101)- In 2013, social media is king. Twitter is private? That's highly unusual. Facebook? Barely there. Website? Oudoor heaven is in use by another business. Also, following recent news, we know that Robbie Knievel is a D-list celebrity with many demons including a recent arrest for DUI. He would travel anywhere for a few $$$ and a few minutes of decent publicity. Right now, time is growing short for permits, advertising, talent, development, etc. In my opinion, this is a complete hoax.

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Jul-30-13 3:00 PM

ADDED to the event is now the Historic Wallenda family that also wishes to cross the river on the same date.. Oct 18-19th weekend.. this will be a historic event for this beautiful city.. come and enjoy..

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Jun-15-13 5:57 AM

It would be great for the mid ohio valley economy. Marietta would be a great draw for the event. Sounds like a match made in heaven, "take a chance Marietta!".

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Jun-12-13 8:56 AM

Wonderwoman, if you're so unhappy here, I'm sure we would all agree to wave to you and smile as you pack up and leave.

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Jun-12-13 7:47 AM

It all sounds good, but I will believe it when I see it!

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Jun-11-13 6:53 PM

Most of the comments have focused on the "jump", few on the proposed 'devolpment'. I remain confused by it's location, it's purpose, and the enviromental impact that it will have. Ask not what is your take on this?

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Jun-11-13 4:20 PM

For those worried about their children copying the jump. Now is the time to communicate with your child and explain that these stunts are planned by professionals and that some stunts go bad and people are hurt and/or killed. If you are that worried, keep your children at home when this stunt is done.

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Jun-11-13 4:19 PM

the only persons safety that will be in jeopardy is Robbie. He is doing this at his own risk as he always has. Therefore, no, nobody is concerned about peoples safety because there is no need. If kids/teens, etc think it's a bright idea to try this on their own then clearly the parenting skills of those people should be looked into.

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Jun-11-13 3:32 PM

He will end up going down front street, Jumping the fountain and end up in the river like his Dad did at Snake River Canyon.

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Jun-11-13 3:15 PM

Simply google the developer folks....end of story.

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Jun-11-13 3:00 PM

Helper has it right. Big plans, gets people excited, but this is not how a capable developer would do a project like this.

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Jun-11-13 2:31 PM

i would not ever tell a stranger that i am from marietta

Thank You :)

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Jun-11-13 1:32 PM

The reason we want to watch is because if somebody's going to do something so "daring" and well, stupid - and it's going to generate money in an area....why not Marietta? If you don't want to watch, stay at home. It's called a choice. I say make history and make jobs...

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Jun-11-13 1:02 PM

Culturally speaking- no comment- but this is Appalachia- I say again- great fit...and ANY commerce is welcome- save our usual/epidemic drug

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Jun-11-13 12:56 PM

"I rather go to work, than see someone splatter thereself on the river. I am one of very few people that actually has a job instead of spunging off the governement in this town" Is this for real? I have a job.. Pays me $37,500 a year.. Suits me just fine.

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Jun-11-13 12:53 PM

I've laughed at most of these comments on here... But after reading and re-reading I have discovered that some people around here are so backwards it's scary. The kids will see this and try it? Really? Who is raising these kids? Baboons? Come on.. Face reality, this will happen, I will be there and so will my family and the rest of Marietta/Parkersburg. This is going to be a hit! This is the kind of stuff I grew up watching on TV, and once I even went to a Joie Chitwood show that was held here years ago at the fairgrounds and it was a blast!! But, I now realize why I feel alienated in my own town that I've lived in for 31 years.. Certain things are just unacceptable here, but you can’t stop them all!!

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Jun-11-13 12:51 PM

As far as the jump goes, I say bring it on! I think this would be a great event to showcase Marietta, especially if it is televised. No public funds being used and promotes Marietta.. can't complain too loudly about that one. As far as the facility goes, I am a bit more skeptical... I would have to really research it and the developer before I signed off on it. Either way, should be a fun event to go to!

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Jun-11-13 12:42 PM

Wonderwoman, Reality is correct. The Ohio River is owned by West Virginia to the high water mark. As for this new facility, I hate to poopoo it before hearing all the details. And Iam all for tourism and adding jobs, but a recreational facility will provide mostly service-type jobs which will not pay actual living wages. You see it with the amusement parks--they're staffed with college kids making right around minimum wage. Hopefully this will not be the case.

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Jun-11-13 12:25 PM

Here's some history trivia for you wonderwoman...The Ohio River is owned by WV, and the state of Ohio was named after the river, not vice versa. I can't wait for this stunt!!!

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Jun-11-13 12:23 PM

“The event will be put on without using any public funds, Sheng said.”

"We're going to be building a $50 million or more destination center," said Sheng, 52. "This project, we believe, is going to create 500 more jobs."

Notice he didn’t say that the “heaven” would be created without public funds.

Three things here, pertaining both to the “heaven” project and the jump: (1) show me the money, (2) let the buyer beware, and (3) look at the developer’s track record.

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Jun-11-13 11:52 AM

I'm not thinking Sternwheel weekend...I'm thinking the week before or the week after so people will come for one event and stay for the other. It's a win/win for the Marietta area!

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Jun-11-13 11:31 AM

What I am the most upset about is the fact that they will be building this park in my back yard. We have lived in our area for over 40 years and I like the quiet and now that is all going to be gone and our property value is going to take a big hit also. Where this is going to go in just isn't a big enough or good place for it.

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Jun-11-13 11:28 AM

Let this event happen! If you don't like it don't go, seems like a simple remedy for all you who are against this event.

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Jun-11-13 11:02 AM

Wonderwoman- For your edification... when you try to call someone out on grammar, you make sure you are above reproach.

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Jun-11-13 10:51 AM

I can't wait!!! I'm thinking Sternwheel Festival weekend so that there is already lots of people from out of town here. This is a once in a lifetime moment for some to see, including myself. I think it will be amazing to see and my 5 year old will LOVE it!!! I don't see the big deal for some that are dissing the ordeal, but lone and behold, I guarantee they'll all show up regardless just to see it!

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