WHEELING - Oglebayfest will be held Oct. 5-7 at Oglebay Park.
"Oglebayfest began in 1978 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oglebay and provides an annual 'thank you' to all who visit us year round," said John Hargleroad, Wheeling Park Commission director of operations.
The Oglebayfest parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6, with Phil Maxwell serving as grand marshal, and a fireworks display will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at Schenk Lake.
ARTISAN — Doug Jackson, right, shows Carolyn Garvey of Wellsburg, one of his pieces at last year’s Oglebayfest. Jackson will again bring his “Hands of Clay” to the Phil Maxwell Artists and Gourmet Markets at Oglebayfest Oct. 5-7. -- Contributed
The Health Plan will offer educational activities for health and wellness at the Good Zoo from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6, including "Block the Sun, Not the Fun," "Asthma," "Germ City Handwashing," "Who's a Bully," "Jump for Fun," "Driving Under the Influence," "Healthy Snack" and "Fire Safety." Fire Safety will be presented in cooperation with the Wheeling Fire Department, and local firefighters will be attending. Admission to the zoo will be free Oct. 6, and free wristbands will be given to all those entering the zoo that day. The wristbands will provide all-day use of the Par III Golf, miniature golf, pedal boats, fishing, tennis, glass museum and craftsman center, trolley, mansion museum and environmental education center.
The Phil Maxwell Artists and Gourmet Markets will be located next to the mansion museum. Several artisans will be at work, and a selection of local and regional foods will be available. The markets will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7. The markets are named for Phil Maxwell, who served as Oglebay Institute craft specialists from 1935 until his retirement in 1986 and continues to support the institute's programs. Maxwell organized the first arts and crafts show for Oglebayfest.
The Ohio County Country Fair will be at Site One during Oglebayfest. Quilts, home-grown foods and animals will be on display Oct. 6-7. It will offer a variety of traditional fair demonstrations and competition for all ages, including quilting demonstrations, butter-making, hog-calling, fiddling, rock-throwing and baby crawling competitions. It also will host the West Virginia Pony Pull Championship Oct. 7. A baked goods auction will be held Oct. 6-7.
The Belgian horse display also will be at Site One Oct. 6-7. Pony rides and inflatable rides will be offered at Schenk Lake Oct. 6-7. The Schrader Environmental Center will exhibit hundreds of paintings completed by "en plein air" artists at Oglebay Oct. 5-7.
The Rathskeller will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Hess Shelter, with Alpen Glow and Steve Grokman providing entertainment. The Harvest Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Wagon Shed.
There will be a variety of entertainment offered. Dustin McCray will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Wilson Lodge's Hickman Lounge; Markus and James from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Hickman Lounge; and the Mansfield 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 at the lodge's Glessner Auditorium. The Marsh Wheeling String Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Haller Shelter; Legend Band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Haller Shelter; Uncle Eddie and Robin Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6; Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Haller Shelter. Haller Shelter is for ages 21 and over, and admission is free. Cabin Fever String Band will perform during the free square dance from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Levenson Shelter.
Parking is free, and shuttle buses will provide access to all festival activities.
For information, call (304) 243-4010 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com/fest.htm.