The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race is undergoing some changes this year. Festival spokesman Mark Shallcross says three vessels will compete for the Golden Antlers on May 2– the Belle of Louisville, the Belle of Cincinnati and the American Queen (pictured). “(The American Queen) is starting its maiden voyage upriver and will be stopping… Continue reading New Scoring System for Steamboat Race; Fields Full for Derby Festival Marathons
The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race will be held this afternoon on the Ohio River, about two months later than originally scheduled. The Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati will race beginning at 6:00pm EDT. The race was originally scheduled for May 4 but was postponed due to high water on the… Continue reading Great Steamboat Race Is Today
The Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race is being postponed because of conditions on the Ohio River. Officials say the Belle of Cincinnati won’t able to make the trip downriver to face the Belle of Louisville in the May 4 race, due to debris and fast river currents. The race will be held June 29; people… Continue reading Great Steamboat Race Postponed
Save the Delta Queen had hoped to buy the vessel for daytime excursions and lobby Congress to restore its exemption for overnight trips.
The Delta Queen has been leased as a floating hotel in Chattanooga since June of last year. Its cruises were halted after a congressional fire safety exemption was not renewed.