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An event being billed as the largest 20th-century gathering of paddle-wheel steamboats will take place on the Ohio River in Cincinnati Oct. 11 to 15. Tall Stacks '95 is scheduled to bring together 19 riverboats, five more than the first festival's tally in 1988.

This year's celebration of the steamboating era, featuring cruises, entertainment on six stages, boat tours, exhibits and strolling singers and musicians, will take place mainly in Cincinnati, but there will also be activities in the Kentucky cities of Covington and Newport across the river.A parade of paddle wheelers will be led into the port of Cincinnati by the three boats of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, the Delta Queen, the Mississippi Queen and the American Queen. The first two will be making two-and three-night cruises; the American Queen will spend two nights in Cincinnati on a 10-night cruise from Pittsburgh to St. Louis.

Information on events and ticket availability can be obtained by calling the Greater Cincinnati Tall Stacks Commission at (513) 333-4444 and punching in 9595 on a touch-tone phone. Information on accommodations is available from the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 246-2987.

Cruise reservations on the Mississippi Queen (the Delta Queen sailings are sold out) are available from the American Automobile Association, which has chartered the vessels; the information number is (513) 762-3390. - New York Times News Service

Halls of fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which recently opened in Cleveland, joins a long, long line. Here are some of the more unusual halls of fame in North America, as listed in "The Volvo Guide to Halls of Fame" (Living Planet Press; $12.95):

Barbie Doll Hall of Fame and Doll Studio, Palo Alto, Calif.

Route 66 Hall of Fame, McLean, Ill.; Crayola Hall of Fame, Easton, Pa.; Exotic World-Burlesque Hall of Fame and Museum, Helendale, Calif.; Niagara Falls Museum and Daredevil Hall of Fame, Niagara Falls, Ontario; Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (a k a The Quackery Hall of Fame), Minneapolis; Bull Hall of Fame, Plain City, Ohio; Author's Hall of Fame/Rogue's Gallery, Union, Conn.; Cockroach Hall of Fame, Plano, Texas; Gallery of Also Rans, Norton, Kansas - Chicago Tribune