Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tall Stacks

I wrote about Rabbit Hash, Kentucky on the Ohio River.  Then I wrote about the Anderson Ferry and the Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club on the Ohio River.  Today I am writing about a festival that takes place on the Ohio River.  It's called the Tall Stacks Festival.  Tall Stacks is coming back in 2014.  It was last held in 2006 and I was there! Seventeen riverboats  came to dock in Cincinnati and took part in the three-day festival.

The river is full of these riverboats, just paddling their way along the river, taking passengers for rides.  Gathered all together, they are quite a sight!

It's fun to stand on the back and watch the paddle wheel churn in the water.

and to listen to the calliopes on all the boats, up and down the river, each one playing a different tune.  A calliope is like an organ, except the notes are made by steam whistles.

People come dressed for the occasion:

See the tall stacks?  That's where they get the name.  There are also tall stacks at the Great American Ball Park, where the Cincinnati Reds play.

When the Reds score, they toot.

It's a lot of fun and a sight to see.  A taste of the past along the Ohio River.

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