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Fall Food Truck Festival Rolling Into Oglebay

Photo by Eric Ayres Autumn is rolling into Oglebay Park, and this weekend, an array of mobile culinary artisans will be rolling in as well. The inaugural Oglebay Fall Food Truck Festival will bring food, live music and other fun fall activities for the whole family Saturday at the Levenson Shelter, located just south of the Good Zoo.

WHEELING — Opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities are beginning to dwindle, but Oglebay Park is taking advantage of the unseasonably warm fall weather and hosting a full slate of events this weekend for its inaugural Fall Food Truck Festival.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Oglebay’s Levenson Shelter, located just south of the Good Zoo, and admission is free.

“We’ve had the idea for a long time, and this is the first one we’re doing,” Jon Banco of Oglebay’s Special Events & Planning department. “Food trucks have seemed to become an attraction all on their own, especially the ones that offer a good variety or something very unique. They’re usually small, mom-and-pop eateries or family owned businesses on wheels, and a good food truck itself tends to be a draw.”

There will be a diverse array of delicious food truck cuisine offered by mobile culinary artisans from across the region — from Ohio Valley favorites to specialty food trucks from the Pittsburgh area. Among the food trucks slated to roll into this weekend’s event at Oglebay are Chef’s Table on Wheels, Holey Rollers Donut Truck, Steel City Chimneys, Hoshi Hibachi of Pittsburgh, Max’s Concessions, Rusty Bull Taco Co., Ash & Kris Kitchen and Truckin’ Triangles.

Along with the food truck caravan, there will also be a beer garden offering a tasty selection of seasonal adult beverages. Additionally, there will be live music featuring some of the best acts in the tri-state area performing from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., along with activities throughout the day available for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

“It’s great that Oglebay is able to have events like these,” Banco said. “The park is gorgeous in the fall, and we’re expecting to have some nice weather. We think this is going to be a great event.”

The live music schedule includes performances by Shawn Villamagna at 11 a.m., Marcus & James at 12:30 p.m., Seven South at 2:30 p.m., Twice As Nice at 4 p.m., Billy the Kid & the Regulators at 6 p.m. and The Rumors beginning at 8 p.m.

For children, there will be an inflatable fun zone, face painting and more. Every weekend through the month of October, Oglebay’s Good Zoo will continue hosting its popular Boo at the Zoo.

“We’ve planned it to sort of tie in with Boo at the Zoo, which will be happening right next door to the Fall Food Truck Festival,” Banco noted. “We’re excited about it, and we hope everyone will be able to come out and enjoy the day. If all goes well, hopefully we’ll be able to bring it back next year and maybe even expand on it to make it an even bigger event in the future.”

For more information on Oglebay’s inaugural Food Truck Festival or any other fall activities happening at the park, visit www.oglebay.com.


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