In this file 2019 photo, judges waited aboard the River Queen for contestants to pass by in the annual Fourth of July Flotilla on the St. Joseph River on Thursday.

ELKHART — Despite countless repairs, The Elkhart River Queen will continue to serve as a landmark in the city, just as it has for 73 years, owners say.

Marking five years since it was refurbished put back into the water, the landmark paddleboat was built in 1948 by Red Macumber and has served as a tour boat for countless excursions on the St. Joseph River.

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