SHARON, PA (WKBN) – After a two year hiatus, the Small Ships Revue is back on the water in Sharon, but with a few adjustments.
Because of unruly crowds in years past, the event was moved to the daytime with strict traffic and drinking regulations.
Sharon police said the new policies are for the safety of the event goers, but for Gary Minich and his family, things just aren’t the same.
“My wife and I brought our two sons, nine and 11, down here, we kind of rushed over. My wife grew up in the area, she was disappointed. She said there were a lot more people in the past. I think they should have music, they have somebody from Y-103 here, music would liven it up a lot,” Minich said.
The event used to draw in crowds of thousands, but that also brought trouble.
“We’ve had police officers injured during brawls. We’ve had city property including cruisers were damaged trying to contain unruly crowds,” said Sharon Police Department Chief Gerry Smith.
So for the event to continue, some things had to change, including no parade and no road closures.
“And the big thing is we are enforcing the city’s open container ordinance, which is no visible consumption of alcoholic beverages,” Smith said.
Nancy Fisher and her husband Tom Fisher have come to the event for 20 years. She said it’s as good as ever.
“Its just a fun event for everybody. The people in the boats have a really good time,” Nancy Fisher said.
Something noticeably different about this year’s Revue was that there was no announcer standing at the Connelly Avenue Bridge.
Quaker Steak and Lube remains the sponsor of the event.