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Oglebayfest draws crowd

October 8, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - Oglebay resident Tina Hinzey doesn't mind the extra traffic that comes each October during Oglebayfest and the Ohio County Country Fair, noting the family atmosphere is worth it.

And with barnyard animals, live entertainment and an array of unique food and beverages, she knows there is something to do for everyone at Oglebay during the event, which took place this past weekend.

"It is just a really nice family atmosphere. There truly is something for everyone," she said Saturday during the festival.

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FESTIVAL?FUN — Six-year-old Lorenzo Donzella had his face painted Saturday by “Doozy The Clown” during Oglebayfest at Oglebay Park. - Casey Junkins

"They do a really good job with this," added Wheeling resident John Siewny. "There is something here for everyone, from the children to those in their 90s."

The country fair was located at Oglebay's Site 1. It featured displays of elaborate quilts, homegrown foods and farm animals, including cows, pigs, sheep and horses.

"I really liked the pony pull," said Great Falls, Va., resident Amanda Falk. She attended the fair and festival with her mother, Wheeling native Chris Falk.

"It has really turned out to be a nice day," Chris Falk said of the sunny Saturday afternoon. "We try to make it back every year for this."

The country fair also offered a variety of traditional fair demonstrations and competitions for all ages, including quilting demonstrations, butter making, hog calling, fiddling, rock throwing and baby crawling competitions.

Some favorite German foods available at Oglebayfest included grilled bratwurst, knackwurst and sauerkraut. The Harvest Carnival at the Wagon Shed featured cotton candy, funnel cakes, corn dogs and fried Oreos.

Relaxing on a bench near Schenk Lake were Pittsburgh-area residents Butch and Jill Shontz, who said they were spending the weekend at Oglebay's Wilson Lodge.

"It is just so relaxing and nice down here," said Jill Shontz. "Everyone is so nice here."

"This area is really blessed to have something like this - to have so much entertainment in one place like this," added Butch Shontz. "The hotel is packed with people coming in for this."

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