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Belle of Louisville undergoes spring cleaning thanks to Home Depot volunteers

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From new trim to fresh coats of paint, the Belle of Louisville received a well-deserved makeover Thursday. From new trim to fresh coats of paint, the Belle of Louisville received a well-deserved makeover Thursday.
Belle of Louisville CEO Linda Harris Belle of Louisville CEO Linda Harris
Home Depot District Manager Jeremy Millay Home Depot District Manager Jeremy Millay
Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - On the first day of spring, changes blossomed aboard the Belle of Louisville. From new trim to fresh coats of paint, the Belle of Louisville received a well-deserved makeover Thursday.

"She might be considered a high maintenance woman," said Belle of Louisville CEO Linda Harris. "With a 100-year-old boat, she needs a lot of maintenance."

Thanks to the hands-on help of more than 50 Home Depot volunteers, the historic steamboat and its crew kicked off the first day of spring in style.

"We're just doing a Team Depot project," said Home Depot District Manager Jeremy Millay. "We're doing some remodeling on the Belle of Louisville; painting it, doing some mulching."

"We're getting ready for her 100th cruising season Memorial weekend, but most importantly her big birthday bash,"  began Harris, "which is six days of eight different riverboats on the waterfront taking cruises and land activities."

The Centennial Festival of Riverboats will also require a spruce up of the Ohio River.

"Over a period of time you have a lot of buildup of sand," said Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem.

According to Karem, the Ohio River must be dredged ahead of the centennial celebration in order to accommodate visiting riverboats.

"Dredging removes the silt and creates the depth necessary for the riverboats to be able to come in," said Karem.

With the process expected to last just over a week, Harris has begun counting down to October when the city will celebrate the legacy of the Belle of Louisville.

"In 1914 they didn't know they were building a legend," said Harris.

The Belle of Louisville will kick off its cruise season April 1. The crew is still looking to hire staff. To learn more about the Belle of Louisville Centennial Celebration, click here.

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