Belmont County Offers Summer Fun At a Variety of Festivals This Season

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County offers a wide variety of summer festivals from June through August. Featuring history, music, nature, food, and sports. these events offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Flushing Heritage Day on Friday, June 7, is a free, public event put on by the Flushing Business Association and Community Project Group. A flag raising and National Anthem will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. The event will include entertainment by the Reflections band, food vendors and activities for children including sand art, balloon artist and a face painter.

A raffle ticket drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. and the event will conclude with fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.

On Saturday, June 8, the second annual Strawberry Festival will be held in Martins Ferry from noon to 10 p.m. on Fourth Street. Sponsored by Project Forward, activities will include vendors and crafters, car show, food, beer garden, inflatables for children, and of course … everything strawberry! Live entertainment will be provided by Shannon Canterbury, Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries, Taylor Jo and the Copper Creek Band, and Move Makers from Pittsburgh.

Barnesville Airport Day is a new event taking place at the Barnesville Bradfield Airport on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free to the public and will include hotdogs and beverages, games and crafts for the kids, and airplane rides and displays.

The Shadyside Loop Festival, June 14 and 15, is an annual event that celebrates the heritage and history of the “loop” with vendors, amusements, and entertainment.

On June 15, join the Belmont County Animal Rescue League for Woofstock, a full day of food, drinks, bands, market vendors, rescues, shelters and more at the St. Clairsville Central Park Rec Center and Amphitheater. Proceeds support the Belmont County Animal Rescue League. Bands include Zane Run, Poor Man’s Heaven and Tongue ‘n Cheek. The event will also include food vendors and market vendors, including rescues and shelters. A donation is recommended. Activities take place from noon to 10 p.m.

July events begins with the annual Beast of the East Baseball Tournament, July 3-7. It is the largest youth baseball tournament in the country with over 160 teams participating. The Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce has its chicken barbecue on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barnesville Memorial Park during the Beast of the East.

Martins Ferry holds its annual Skyshow on July 3 at the Martins Ferry City School Campus. This annual Independence Day celebration includes amusements, entertainment, and food vendors, ending with fireworks. Independence Day celebrations are held throughout the Ohio Valley.

Epworth Park Chautauqua Days are held in Bethesda on July 13-14. The two-day event celebrates the history of Epworth Park and incorporates crafters, concession stands, concerts, cottage tours, a parade, and more.

Country music returns to the hills of Belmont County with Blame My Roots country music festival at Valley View Campgrounds in Belmont, July 18-20.

Tickets and camping passes are on sale now for this three-day outdoor music festival featuring Trace Adkins, Tyler Farr, Joe Diffie, Lindsay Ell, Whiskey Myers, Ryan Hurd, Walker Montgomery, Whey Jennings, Gabby Barrett, Dillon Carmichael, as well as regional and local acts. (www.BlameMyRootsFestival.com)

From July 30 – Aug. 3 is dedicated to the history of Martins Ferry during the annual Betty Zane Days. This event, sponsored by the fire department, celebrates the community’s history and includes amusements, craft and food vendors, entertainment and much more.

August events begin with the 71st annual Holloway Oldtimers Festival, celebrating the village’s history with an emphasis on baseball. The three-day event includes food, music, games, rides, a parade, and of course, baseball games.

The always popular Barton Polka Fest, sponsored by the Barton Volunteer Fire Department, is the largest and oldest festival of its kind in a 60-mile radius. Enjoy a day of non-stop good music, good food, raffles, and fun.

The Bellaire Firefighters Festival (date to be announced) offers amusements, bike and car show, food vendors and sidewalk sales, 5K “River Rat” Race, corn bag tournament, live entertainment, and fireworks.

Belmont County’s museums, historical attractions, parks, pools, lakes, and camping spots also offer fun throughout the summer.

For more information on everything there is to see and do and everywhere you can shop, play and stay in Belmont County, go to the new website at www.visitbelmontcounty.com or call 740-695-4359.

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