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Help celebrate the anniversary of an American Queen

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The American Queen Steamboat Company is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its launch on the Mississippi River on Wednesday at the Vicksburg City Riverfront.

The riverboat docks at 8:00 a.m. where passengers will be greeted by ladies in antebellum dresses and a performance by the City of Vicksburg Senior Center Dulcimers.

The public is welcome to attend.

“Vicksburg continues to be a guest favorite on the Lower Mississippi for its genuine culture and southern hospitality,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “We're delighted to feature Vicksburg on our 20th anniversary and for many voyages to come.”

The 436-passenger paddle wheeler has docked in Vicksburg 12 times this year and has 13 more scheduled.

American Queen passengers tour the Vicksburg National Military Park as well as enjoy hop-on/hop-off tours through the downtown district.

The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Vicksburg Main Street greet the boats weekly and hand out coupons to various downtown shops and restaurants.

“Vicksburg is very fortunate to be one of the stops along the American Queen's voyage on the Mississippi River,” said Bill Seratt, executive director at the VCVB.

Seratt continued, “Riverboat traffic is vital to our city and we were so pleased to welcome them back in 2012. We want to congratulate them on 20 years and look forward to many more to come.”

Vicksburg also welcomes American Cruise Lines' riverboats the Queen of the Mississippi and the American Eagle regularly, along with the American Queen.

There are 85 total dockings scheduled in Vicksburg for 2015.

For more information, please contact Laura Beth Strickland at laurabeth@visitvicksburg.com or call her at 601-831-3373.

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