WHEELING — The orange glow of an iron in fire caught the attention of Jillian Blair whose eyes were fixated Saturday on the work of blacksmith Brian Riley.
Riley, of B. Riley Blacksmith Ltd., Beallsville, discussed the tricks of the blacksmith trade Saturday in the second day of the annual Oglebayfest celebration.
A member of the Artist’s Blacksmith Association of North America and the Appalachian Blacksmith Association, Riley explained the many processes involved in the art of blacksmithing.
“That’s cool how it looks red,” said Blair, who was accompanied by her mother, Karen Blair, of Wheeling.
Both Blairs agreed they were enjoying the park’s traditional celebration. Karen Blair noted she always attends the event and looks forward to spending the weekend with her sister, Cherie Hunter, of Shrewsbury, Pa.
Blacksmiths, glassmakers, crafters and many more vendors offering a wide range of treats and housewares were found at the festival. A large crowd was on hand in the summer-like temperatures.
The aroma of hot kettle corn filled the warm air as lines gathered to purchase the tasty treat from Original Kettle Corn owners Brian and Natalie Herold of Butler, Pa.
The husband-and-wife duo travel to Oglebay each year for the weekend event. According to Brian Herold, over the course of the three-day event he makes 1,000 pounds of kettle corn.
“The crowd brings us back here each year,” he said. “The atmosphere and the nice setting usually brings out a large crowd.”
Viewing glassmaker William Kress’s large and unique display, with everything from dragonflies to stained glass windows, were Moundsville residents Tami Scollick, her daughter Shayla and friend Machele Miller. Both teens agreed that coming to the Oglebayfest was a good choice.
“We came to look at what the Oglebayfest has,” Tami Scollick said. “We come every year. It’s a good tradition with nice weather, and we always see friends.”
Kress, who traveled from Imperial. Pa., said he can make nearly anything out of glass. While this was his first year attending Oglebayfest, he said he enjoyed the event and spending time at his stand.
Oglebayfest kicked off Saturday with breakfast at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge. Numerous events were held throughout the day, including a parade that began at the Good Zoo and a fireworks celebration that began at dark over Schenk lake.
Photo by Scott McCloskey
The Ohio County Fair is always a favorite stop for folks visiting Oglebayfest. Matt Mazur of Triadelphia pets a donkey in the farm animals’ tent at the festival which continues today.