An exciting Independence Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4. Tuesday’s activities include inflatable rides, a rock wall and Euro bungee at the Schenk Lake area from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The inflatable rides are $1.00 per ride and the rock wall and Euro bungee are $5.00 each. The inflatable rides, rock wall and bungee will also be available on Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
“The most-popular event, the fireworks display, will take place on Tuesday, July 3, at Schenk Lake,” said John Hargleroad, Operations Director for the Wheeling Park Commission. The fireworks will begin at 9: 30 p.m. with a special concert by John Denver Tribute Artist, John Adams, leading into the fireworks. John Adams will take the stage at Schenk Lake at 6:30 p.m. and special patriotic music will be presented in conjunction with the fireworks.
“The event is an annual tribute to Albert Schenk, and features inspiring patriotic music and fireworks,” said Hargleroad. Tuesday’s festivities at the lake also include picnic-style food service from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Activity wristbands are available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center and provide all day admission to: Par III Golf, Good Zoo & Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum & Craftsman Center, Trolley and Mansion Museum. Rental equipment is not included. Wristbands are $16.00 each and one free ride on the inflatable rides is included with the purchase of a wristband.
The Independence Celebration is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new including a spectacled bear and African wild dogs. On July 3 members of the Ohio Valley Shutterbugs will be at the zoo from noon until 3:00 p.m. to share some of their photography tips with those interested in improving the quality of their animal photos taken at the zoo. “The zoo is sponsoring a photography contest all summer and these helpful hints may be just what you need to take that winning shot,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. “They will also be sharing some information about joining the club.” Contest rules and entry forms are available on the zoo’s website.
On July 4 the animal care staff will be doing Animal Enrichment Day at the Good Zoo, and the zoo staff will prepare special red, white and blue treats and special activities to give the animals something fun to explore. “Come watch the animals play!” added Miller.
The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Admission to the zoo is $8.00 for non-member adults and $5.50 for ages 3-12. Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.
The Oglebay Stables will be offering a discount of 50% off pony rides on both July 3 and 4. Advance reservations for the pony rides are required and can be made by calling 304-243-4042.
For those looking for a different kind of ride, two new Aqua Cycles are now available at Schenk Lake. “These cycles are great fun and great exercise,” said Hargleroad.
“And our Segway Tours are back so visitors can join our friendly guides for an exciting tour on a high tech personal transporter,” added Hargleroad. Segway Tours are offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., beginning at Schenk Lake. Advance reservations can be made for the Segways by calling 304-243-4090.
The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge will be offering the popular Italian Buffet on Wednesday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. plus a Seafood Buffet on Friday evenings and the Prime Rib Buffet on Saturday evenings. The dining room also just unveiled its new summer menu. Call 304-243-4080 for reservations.
“For those who want to celebrate the holiday with an all-American picnic, many beautiful picnic sites are available at Oglebay and can be reserved by calling 304-243-4010,” added Hargleroad.
For more information on the 4th of July celebration, call the Oglebay Visitors Center at 304-243-4010.