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Historic Steamboat To Visit Huntington

Memphis Flyer

The American Queen Steamboat, the largest steamboat ever built, will once again bring its passengers to Huntington for two days on June 26 and June 30.  The last time this boat docked in Huntington was eleven years ago.

The American Queen will stop in Huntington on Thursday, June 26 for the entire day and Monday, June 30 for an afternoon visit. Four large passenger buses accompany the steamboat to ports and will transport passengers around the city to pre-determined destinations.

The steamboat will be docked at the west end of Harris Riverfront Park and the public is encouraged to come and see this majestic lady.

To welcome the passengers, live music will be provided by a barbershop quartet on Thursday from 8:30 – 9:30 am an on Monday from 1-2 pm. On Thursday from 2-5 pm, Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers will play. The 1937 Flood will play on Monday from 3-5pm.

In addition local artists and crafters highlighting their unique creations of our region will be on hand throughout both days. Mayor Steve Williams will officially welcome the Captain and passengers as they get off the boat at 8am Thursday and 12:30pm Monday. A send-off will take place each of these days at 5pm.

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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