Ohio Valley Rib & Chicken Cook Off Partners with Wheeling 250 Celebration
WHEELING — A big weekend of events are planned in Wheeling later this month as the 10th annual Ohio Valley Rib & Chicken Cook Off and the Wheeling 250 Celebration will have a full slate of activities planned together, according to organizers.
While the cook-off kicks off at noon, Friday, June 21, at Wheeling’s Heritage Port and is scheduled to continue through Saturday, the Wheeling 250 Celebration will also be hosting various festivities concurrently throughout the day Saturday, as event organizers will be hosting 170th Anniversary Celebration of the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge.
Organizers of both events are inviting the public for a fun-filled day that will include: plenty of food and craft vendors, live music, featured (in-costume) speakers, a Paint Wheeling/Plein Air Party, Gateway Clipper River Boat cruises, and a large fireworks display.
Bill Brooks, chairman of the cookoff, invites the public to attend both events that will run concurrently throughout the day Saturday. He said there will be something for the entire family both days as participants in the rib & chicken cookoff will be vying for the most points to win the Carl Carenbauer Grand Champion trophy. He said coolers are not permitted at the cookoff because of safety issues. The Carenbauer Distributing Corporation continues to be the “super sponsor” of the event year-in and year-out, according to Brooks.
“We want people to come down and have a good time at our waterfront in Wheeling,” he explained.
Wheeling 250 Celebration Organizer Jay Frey said it will be the “Signature Weekend” for the Wheeling 250 Celebration as the 170th Anniversary Celebration of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge will unfold with a full slate of activities throughout the entire day Saturday.
“There’s more to come, but it’s the next big public event (in conjunction with Wheeling 250 Celebration) since the 12th Night Costume Ball in January,” Frey explained. There’s ongoing programming on a monthly basis. There’s three programs a month going on for the whole year, but this is a big outdoor family friendly signature summer event for Wheeling 250,” Frey commented. He said it is a “win, win” situation for both the cookoff and suspension bridge celebration.
“We are having a big fireworks display at the end of the day and there is a fireworks cruise on the Gateway Clipper with food and live music,” he added. He said tickets are still available for that cruise.
Travis Henline, an organizer of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge celebration, said there will be plenty of activities planned for the event.
“We will have storytellers throughout the day who will be speaking to different aspects of the bridges history,” Henline said. “I will be portraying Charles Ellet, Jr., who is the engineer for the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, for living history.”
He said they will be providing living histories at Heritage Port and on the boat cruise.
For more information about the schedule of events for both the cookoff and suspension bridge celebration, visit the Wheeling250.net website.