River Heritage Day Offering Crawfish Boil on the Ohio May 12

Ohio Valley Marine Service and the Depot Community Room are pleased to announce an additional event during their second annual “River Heritage Day” on Saturday, May 12.

In addition to the free daytime event held in Audubon Mill Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which features hands-on educational exhibits, activities and games, the evening will feature a “come and go” crawfish boil dinner served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 3B’s Entertaining events barge. While docked at the riverfront, you can enjoy dinner while listening to Cajun music, provided by a local deejay. Portions of the proceeds from this dinner will benefit Riverview School.

The highlight of the free daytime event will be exhibits from RiverWorks Discovery Center, a hands-on educational exhibit from the National Rivers Hall of Fame that features giant 3-D puzzles and a working lock and dam. There will be other activities and games to help you learn and celebrate the history, culture, commerce and conservation of the mighty Ohio!

Susan Fowler, a professional storyteller, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to share exciting tales of how early steamboats with some famous passengers traveled down the Ohio to Henderson and beyond.

Ohio Valley Marine’s deckhand training team from Job Corps will be demonstrating proper ways to throw lines and create bumpers throughout the day, and will be offering line-throwing contests for children and adults beginning at 1 p.m.

You can learn about birds and animals that depend on the river for their homes and food. There will be a demonstration on how the river is used to turn coal into electricity, and other exhibits on river safety, commerce and conservation.

The events barge will be docked at the riverfront from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be available for free tours.

The Depot Community Room is funded by the City of Henderson through the Henderson County Tourist Commission and works closely with the Henderson Historical and Genealogical Society to provide quality history-related programming and exhibits. For more information, phone (270) 830-9707.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Depot Community Room, 101 N. Water St., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at Ohio Valley Marine Service, 601 Second St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsorships for this event are also available. Phone the Community Room at 830-9707, or Ohio Valley Marine Service at 826-9165 for more information.