Where can one go to see hundreds of beautiful old cars, a professionally done look two centuries into our past, 100 mph-plus raceboats, and artistry in wood - and listen to music as only a symphony orchestra can present it, after you've enjoyed one of the finest municipal parks in the nation?
Most weekends that question would require multiple responses. But on Labor Day weekend the answer is simple: Wheeling.
It's all here today, Sunday and Monday, during the most fun-filled weekend of the year in the Ohio Valley.
Our community this weekend presents a truly unique mix of entertaining and educational activities. There really is nothing like it anywhere else.
- Throughout the weekend, Oglebay Park will offer its many regular attractions, ranging from golf to the Good Zoo. In addition, there will be special activities such as a nature scavenger hunt from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Schrader Center.
- Also at Oglebay today and Sunday, the annual Fort Henry Days celebration will be held. Battle reenactments are set for 3 p.m. each day.
- Vintage hydroplane raceboats will be skimming the surface of the Ohio River at Heritage Port today and Sunday. Boats at the regatta are old-style craft with open cockpits and drivers unsecured by safety harnesses. Some of the boats are capable of more than 100 mph.
- From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. today and Sunday, the annual Oglebay Woodcarvers Show will be held in the park's Pine Room. Exquisite craftsmanship and artistry will be on display.
- On Sunday night, a beloved local tradition, "Symphony Under the Stars," will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay Park. As usual, an evening of wonderful music by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will be capped off with a fireworks show.
- Yes, there's more: On Labor Day, one of the largest classic car, truck and motorcycle shows in this region of the country will be held at The Highlands. It is the 11th annual Dan Dague Memorial Car and Bike Show, sponsored by Lions Club District 29. Last year, more than 1,200 vehicles were on display.
If you can't find something fun to do in Wheeling this weekend, let's just say you're very hard to please.
None of it happens without hundreds of dedicated volunteers and scores of community-minded sponsors. All deserve to be commended highly for making it possible for Ohio Valley residents - and many who come here from elsewhere just for Labor Day weekend - to enjoy a really good time.
So, to all those responsible for the weekend's special events, thank you.