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Charleston Sternwheel Regatta turnout ‘beyond our wildest expectations,’ event official says


As vendors and organizers of the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta continue to tear down from the five-day festival that ended Monday, leaders of the event are calling its return a ‘wild success.’
The Regatta was held from Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4 along the riverfront at Haddad Riverfront Park and Kanawha Boulevard. It was last held in Charleston in 2009.
Bryan Hughes, the ‘Captain’ of Charleston Sternwheel Regatta told MetroNews that the pent-up demand showed with the crowds into the thousands on the first night and the momentum never stopped.
“Thursday surprised us at how many came out, attended, what our sales were for the craft beer festival, that blew our mind. Each day it got bigger and bigger. It just was beyond our wildest expectations,” Hughes said.
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