Superleague boat races and festivals galore for your weekend fun

Choose one of the events happening in and around the area to fill your week. Whatever you choose to do, I’ll highlight attractions, activities, and festivals right here, every week. From local music and shows to options for those of you who don’t mind traveling a bit, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check all activities as cancellations may occur. Events listed are July 7-16.


New Concord Fire Festival. The Village of New Concord will host the 63rd Annual Firefighters Festival. The festival will include a parade, the Friendship 7-Miler, raffles and a children’s pedal board. The parade is due to start at 1 p.m. Activities are scheduled throughout the day, with live music from Spank the Monkey beginning at 7 p.m. A fireworks display scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. will close the day. This is a free family event. For more information, call 740-319-4071. Main Street, New Concord.

Roar by the Marietta River. Take a break from the norm and head to the Marietta Riverfront for Superleague boat racing. The Riverfront Roar’s 20th anniversary is sure to get your blood pumping. Arrive early and check out the boats and chat with the drivers. Listen to live music from The Troubadours or grab a bite to eat at the food trucks. The races are scheduled from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. This is a free family event. For more information, call 740-525-8996. Edge of the Marietta River.

Lock 17. The Barn is once again home to the rock sounds of Lock 17. This local band is sure to get you pumped with their mix of classic rock and current favourites. The show is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 740-455-2276. The Grange, 1947 Linden Avenue, Zanesville.

July 14th

Blame My Roots Festival. Do you miss the good old days of Jamboree in the Hills? Mark your calendars, grab your tickets and tents, and get ready to race at the Blame My Roots Festival. The headliner this year is country star Dierks Bentley, along with David Lee Murphy, Niko Moon and others. Performances begin at 5 p.m. Thursday and 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at For more information, visit the website or call 740-827-6647. Valley Campground, 43263 State Road, Belmont.

As highlighted in last week’s column:

  • Friday. Ohio Hills Folk Festival. Quaker City hosts the 118th Ohio Hills Folk Festival. A car, truck and bike show is scheduled for Saturday morning and various musical acts entertain the festival throughout the weekend. Stop by the festival kitchen and grab some homemade noodles. Enjoy a Saturday night fireworks display or grab your rubber duck for the duck race. This is a free family event. Visit the Ohio Hills Folk Festival Facebook page for more information. Quaker town.

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