The Great Steam Boat Race

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1:21 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Louisville, Cincinnati Boats Face Off In 51st Great Steam Boat Race

Winner of the Great Steam Boat Race receives this pair of antlers.

This year's 51st annual Great Steamboat Race--part of the Kentucky Derby Festival--will continue using a points system developed in previous years to determine the winner. 

Last year, three boats raced, but Derby Festival president Mike Berry says that’s only happened a few times in the race’s history.

This year only the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati will compete. Berry says crews of the vessels will run around competing in ten different tasks like jousting, a music competition and—of course—boating around nearly 6 miles of Ohio River.

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