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Enjoying the Festival of Lights

As the sun set on the Ohio Valley Thursday evening, the hills of Oglebay Park lit up in a delightful fashion for the annual Winter Festival of Lights. More than 300 acres became a wonderland of beautiful displays, including new ones along with old favorites.

Since 1985, the festival has been attracting both local residents and hundreds of thousands of out-of-town visitors each year. No wonder: With more than a million lights in 90 displays, the local festival is incomparable.

There is something new this year, of course: a massive construction project on Interstate 70 through Wheeling. During the past few weeks, it has created substantial traffic jams.

But construction crews are taking something of a break during the lights festival, specifically to make travel to and from it less challenging.

Local residents are accustomed to long lines of motorists at times during the festival. We also know there is a reason why people flock to the festival.

So, by all means, visit the festival again this year — and invite out-of-town guests. Knowing the back roads as we all do, we can make the trip with a minimum of fuss, knowing that even a few minutes in traffic will be well worth it.

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