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Small Ships Revue returns to Sharon on Saturday

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An annual aquatic tradition is returning to Sharon this Saturday after taking a year off.

The Small Ships Revue is set to be held at the Quaker Steak & Lube on Chestnut Street in Sharon.

The Revue features the launching of homemade, often comical, and usually barely seaworthy watercraft into the Shenango River.  

Starting in 1982, the Revue was held yearly before being suspended in 2014 due to security concerns from city officials.  

Quaker Steak & Lube's new owners, Travel Centers of America, opted to bring back the event this year with a few extra measures put in place.

Police are planning to restrict access to bridges near the river, with the aim of keeping the sometimes unruly crowds safe and off of public streets and sidewalks.

Otherwise, much of the decades-old tradition remains unchanged.

Festivities begin Saturday at noon with the opening of on-site registration.  Boats, meanwhile, will drop anchor at 2:00pm with awards announced at 6:00pm.

Quaker Steak's parking lot will be hosting activities and games, including live music, for children and families throughout the day.

The rules, according to the Revue's website, specify that crews must launch their own ships, be wearing life preservers, and have signed waivers of liability.  Police will also be enforcing a policy of no visible alcohol consumption this year.

Both spectator and participant entrance to the Revue is free, and registration forms can be found online here.

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