For the 11th year in a row Super League powerboats will soon race on the Ohio River during the annual Marietta Riverfront Roar.
The three-day roar has become a summertime favorite that draws thousands to the Ohio River Levee and this year's event, scheduled for July 8, 9 and 10, is expected to be another major attraction for the Pioneer City.
"A couple of new events have been added, including a poker run Saturday and jet ski stunt shows during the downtime between powerboat races," said Tonya Tullius, chairwoman of the Riverfront Roar Committee.
The Typhoon Tommy Entertainment freestyle jet ski show is a world-class stunt exhibition, according to Sherron Winer who, with husband Sam, both of New Martinsville, W.Va., are owners of the Super League.
"Tommy's a world champion personal watercraft driver that has put together a great show," Sherron said. "His wife, 'Rambo Rosie,' is also part of the show, along with other stunt riders."
She said their names may sound like "Hells Angels on water," but Tommy, from Detroit, is a high school teacher and coach and Rosie is a social worker. The couple also has two sons.
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"They're a good family and we've worked with them in a number of venues, including Pittsburgh and other cities," Sherron said. "It's one of those 'Don't try this at home' shows. I think everyone will enjoy it."
Tullius said as in the past, this year's Riverfront Roar will be a family-oriented event with something for everyone, including a special children's movie and The Roar's Got Talent competition Friday night, the 5K run/walk on Saturday and a car show-among last year's popular events-on Sunday.
The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley's Walk Your Paws for the Roar event also returns on Saturday this year and there will be plenty of live entertainment, food, powerboat exhibits and other activities, including Saturday night's annual fireworks display.
Tullius said the committee has been working on this year's Riverfront Roar since October and a final details meeting with the Winers was held Thursday.
"We're in 'go mode' now," she said.
Sherron said 2011 is a landmark year for the Super League.
"This is our 25th year in racing and the Marietta race will be our 149th," she added. "We're the only privately-owned powerboat racing team to last that long. And we're the oldest in the world that's remained under continuous management."
The Marietta Riverfront Roar is one of seven races in this year's Super League series featuring Formula 2 and Formula 3 "tunnel boats" and championship drivers.
"Every race means points and every race counts in this series," Sherron said, noting the July 9 and 10 races will include major competitors like Mark Jakob from Clifton, Ill., Terry Rinker of Tampa, Fla. and Donnie McDowell from Orlando.
As in past years, drivers will have their powerboats on display along downtown streets Friday evening.
Friday's River Roar kickoff will also be held in conjunction with Marietta's July Merchants and Artist Walk.