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Oglebayfest Brings Families, Friends and Fun Together

File Photo Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the annual Oglebayfest on Oct. 4-6. Shown are visitors to the popular Phil Maxwell Artists’ and Gourmet Market located near the Mansion Museum at Oglebay.

WHEELING –Turn the page to October — it’s time for Oglebayfest. For anyone unfamiliar with this annual thank-you party at Wheeling’s Oglebay Park, take note. It will be held beginning at noon Friday and continuing through Sunday on the 100-plus acres of rolling hills located along W.Va. 88.

Oglebayfest has been a yearly tradition since 1978 when the Wheeling Park Commission decided to hold a fall festival as a thank-you to the public for its patronage to the city-owned park. It remains the largest community festival in the Ohio Valley with free entertainment, a variety of ethnic and traditional foods, dancing, games and much more to see and do.

Oglebayfest, with presenting sponsor Wheeling Hospital, combines its offerings with the Ohio County Country Fair which highlights the area’s agricultural community, 4-H and other points of interest. The fair is located at Site 1 near the Good Zoo and also opens at noon Friday.

From dancers to bands, from farm animals to fireworks, Oglebayfest offers something for everyone during its three-day run. It attracts nearly 100,000 visitors to the park. School buses will provide free transportation throughout the park all three days.

Highlights of this year’s Oglebayfest include:

∫ The festival opens at noon Friday with the Phil Maxwell Artists’ and Gourmet Market located in Mansion Woods next to the Mansion Museum, offering crafts, food trucks and live entertainment, while Oglebay’s Garden Bistro provides indoor and outdoor seating.

∫ The Oglebayfest Parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from the Good Zoo.

∫ The Rathskeller, located at Hess Shelter, offers a German style beer garden with dozens of seasonal and domestic brews. The Wagon Shed, located next to Hess Shelter, also offers German inspired favorites.

∫ The Country Kitchen and the Ohio County Country Fair will be serving up delicious goodies and homecooked favorites at Levenson Shelter.

∫ The Oglebayfest 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday beginning and ending at the Oglebay Good Zoo. Proceeds of the race will benefit Oglebay Foundation’s Access to the Parks project which grants complimentary park access to more than 2,000 children in need each year.

Online race registration ends Friday at 11:55 p.m. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Good Zoo entrance. Only cash and check will be accepted on race day

∫ An electrifying fireworks display will began at 8 p.m. Saturday over the Schenk Lake area. Parade applications must be returned to Oglebay no later than Tuesday.

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit https://oglebay.com.

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