Wheeling the Place To Be This Weekend

Throughout the summer, local residents have not had to travel far for special recreational events. Most weekends include activities appealing to a wide variety of interests.

But nothing tops Labor Day weekend.

Whether you have a need for speed, an appreciation for the arts, an interest in living local history or just a desire to see some four-wheeled reminders of your younger days, Wheeling is the place to be this weekend.

  • Today and Sunday, the Ohio River at Wheeling’s Heritage Port will be the site of one of the largest gatherings of vintage raceboats in the nation. Some of the boats are capable of 120 mph or more – and they will be on display at top speed both days.
  • Also today and Sunday, the annual Fort Henry Days living history event will be in progress at Oglebay Park. There will be exhibits and demonstrations of life as it was more than two centuries ago, along with reenactments of the Battle of Fort Henry.
  • The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra has been music to local residents’ ears for decades. At 6:20 p.m. Sunday, at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay Park, the orchestra will present its “Music Under the Stars” free concert.
  • For those who enjoy truly fine craftsmanship, the Oglebay Woodcarvers Show and Sale is being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday in the Pine Room at Oglebay Park.
  • Rounding out the long holiday weekend will be one of the largest gatherings of vintage and classic cars and motorcycles in this region of the country. It is the Dan Dague Memorial Car and Bike Show, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at The Highlands.

Nothing to do? Not this weekend in Wheeling. Congratulations to all involved in closing out the summer with an unparalleled combination of special events.