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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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Jun-11-13 9:00 AM

So says the woman who wants to bring black bears into Marietta streets. (DOH!)

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Jun-11-13 9:02 AM

Wonder, your children must be awfully impressionable.... "If" it happens, it would certainly be a huge draw to Marietta, perhaps eclipsing Sternwheel Festival numbers.

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Jun-11-13 9:40 AM

Its the circus that comes with Robbie Knievel that makes the show worth while not the jump. The jump itself isn't that impressive because pro class motorcycle racers make jumps nearly this distance every lap without the fire works and fanfare and lot less than 1000' to build speed. Go for the show it will be great and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Jun-11-13 9:44 AM

Btw , he will wreck , he nearly always wrecks. The jump will be flawless, the landing will be perfect and then he will wreck, its part of the show folks don't worry, Robbie is a pro and knows exactly what he is doing.

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Jun-11-13 9:52 AM

Technically he would have jumped to WV if he lands in the river since they own it...WTH ...lets have some fun with it.

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Jun-11-13 10:01 AM

Hey BlunderWoman this is a private event with no public funds, the state of WVA owns the Ohio river to 6ft of Ohio and didn't anyone ever tell you.. "If you don't have something nice to say.. SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE"*****I despise people like you.. Mick Maag You too Truth 40. so nice people can talk s__t and not put up their names.. cowards

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Jun-11-13 10:03 AM

well, well Wonderwoman...aren't you a ray of sunshine today??!! For the record, Ohio River is in WV..

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Jun-11-13 10:24 AM

I find it comical that everyone complains about how there is nothing to do in this town and how horrible it is. Then Marietta is graced with this amazing chance to have something like this happen and people still complain about it. If you don't like then don't participate in it and sit on your couch and miss a once in a lifetime opportunity in our town.

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Jun-11-13 10:41 AM

lord- it's his money...and this is 'Appalachia'...the 5 star hotel is 'iffy' though...

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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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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 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 11:31 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 11:52 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 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 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 12:42 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 12:51 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 12:53 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 12:56 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 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 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 2:31 PM

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

Thank You :)

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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 3:15 PM

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

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