One Festival Ends, Another Begins Today

WHEELING – Hot, mild, spicy and sweet all describe the assorted barbecued offerings at the fifth annual Ohio Valley Rib & Chicken Cook-Off, which concluded Saturday at Wheeling’s Heritage Port.

Jeanne and Ken Rose of Wheeling took home the trophy for best barbecued ribs while Fine Smoke LLC captured the Carl Carenbauer Grand Champion prize for the best overall barbecued entrees.

The event, headed up Bill Bryant, brought families and friends together despite the heat and humidity on Saturday. Most visitors enjoyed sitting at the tables along the sidewalk or sought shade sitting under the trees along the port. Another popular hangout was on the concrete base of the large statue of Augustus Pollack, founder of Crown Stogies, which was recently relocated to the lawn area of Heritage Port.

Bryant thanked local businessman Carl Carenbauer and Quaker Steak and Lube for their part in sponsoring the event, along with several other businesses.

The festival also offered numerous vendors and free, live entertainment on the stage.

Today, visitors can continue to enjoy festivities at the waterfront as the first Multicultural Festival will be held from 1-8 p.m. at Heritage Port complete with food, music, dancing and more. The Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival Committee and the YWCA Wheeling are co-sponsoring this family-friendly event.

Performers will include Allegro Dance Company, a professional touring company from Wheeling, providing an explosive and entertaining showcase of dance; Betsy Bethel-McFarland, who will perform on the Scottish bagpipes, and a group of young men from Wheeling Park High School and the Ohio Valley African American Student Association who will perform.

The Primitives from New Vrindaban will present spiritual music from the yoga tradition.

Free activities will include Cabela’s air rifle and archery ranges, live entertainment, balloon art, face painting, the Fort Henry Days exhibit, and the Around the World Carnival. There also will be an International Boardwalk with cultural displays from around the world, as well as art and craft vendors.