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Riverport opening doors to public

October 21, 2012

By Steve Vied

Messenger-Inquirer

Barge rides on the Ohio River, railroad boxcar rides and hayrides on a truck — emphasizing the three modes of transportation utilized at the Owensboro Riverport Authority — plus games, activities and free food will be offered to the public at the first Discover Owensboro Riverport Day on Saturday at the terminal on the Ohio River west of Owensboro.

"It is interesting that the Owensboro Riverport has been in operation since 1976, yet, so few people in Owensboro even know where it is located," said Ed Riney, the riverport's president and CEO. "We want to make citizens aware of where we are, what we do and help them experience the beauty of the Ohio River on a cool crisp fall day. We've planned a fun event: A barge ride on the Ohio River, a ride in a railroad boxcar around the rail loop ... and a hayride around the port on a tractor-trailer truck and, of course, food for all."

Discover Owensboro Riverport Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and is free to the public. The barge rides are provided by Evansville Marine Service. CSX will provide the railroad boxcar rides. Murphy Excavating will provide hayrides around the riverport property.

Information provided by the riverport said a storyteller will use song and dance to entertain passengers on the barge rides with accounts of life on the river.

Other activities planned for the riverport open house include free digital family portraits, balloons, a playground featuring actual riverport equipment, cooking demonstrations, a preschool hay maze, tractor safety demonstrations (one-eighth scale), corn hole, sailboat races, large scale boat puzzles, a working lock and dam model and storytelling.

Music will be provided by Randy Lanham & Company. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and ice cream will be served.

What visitors to the riverport will not see is actual business activities, such as loading and unloading barges. All regular port activities will be suspended during the open house for safety reasons, said Jane Hatfield, director of sales and marketing.

"It's going to be a fun day, and we're hoping for good weather," Hatfield said.

Riverport officials want more people to know about the port, what it does and how it serves the community, Hatfield said.

"Just the other day, I had some people here looking at warehouse space," Hatfield said. "They were local people but had never been here before."

The riverport is at 1771 River Road and can be reached at 926-4238.

Steve Vied, 691-7297, svied@messenger-inquirer.com

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