WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10: STERNWHEELER FESTIVAL
Profile America -- Friday, September 10th. The days of Mark Twain will come alive again today through Sunday in Marietta, Ohio. The 35th annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will draw more than two dozen sternwheel river boats, along with some 85,000 spectators, who will enjoy music, food and fireworks. The highlight of the gathering will be races of the vintage boats, belching smoke and some providing their own music from steam-powered calliopes. While less romantic than in the past, modern river boats remain a vital part of the nation's commerce, carrying 2.5 billion tons of freight each year, with the largest category being petroleum products. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 455
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1049
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau