Labor Day Weekend Activities at Oglebay include Symphony Performance with Fireworks plus new Drool in the Pool Dog Swim

Fireworks after Wheeling Symphony

Fireworks display at the amphitheater after the Wheeling Symphony free performance

An exciting Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3.  “The most-anticipated event, Wheeling Symphony’s free performance, ‘Music Under the Stars’, will take place on Sunday,” said John Hargleroad, Director of Operations for the Wheeling Park Commission.  The Suzuki Strings will perform at the amphitheater on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Wheeling Symphony’s performance at 7:30 p.m.  A brilliant fireworks display will take place at the amphitheater at the conclusion of the symphony.


A Labor Day weekend favorite, “Fort Henry Days”, returns to Site One at Oglebay on Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days.  A battle reenactment will be held at Camp Russel at 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.



Oglebay Woodcarvers

The Oglebay Woodcarver’s Show is 10 am- 5 pm at the Pine Room on Saturday and Sunday

The Oglebay Woodcarver’s Show, another long-time favorite Labor Day event, will be held at the Pine Room on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show features sales, demonstrations and exhibits.


Hargleroad noted that there is no admission to the Wheeling Symphony performance, Fort Henry Days and the Woodcarver’s Show, although donations are appreciated at the Woodcarver’s Show.


Inflatable rides and a rock-climbing wall will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day.  The inflatable rides are $1.00 per ride and the rock wall is $5.00 for each climb.  


Daily Activity Wristbands will be available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center all three days. The wristbands provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes.  One free ride on the inflatable rides is included with the purchase of a wristband.


“The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. “The zoo will offer a ‘Creature Feature’ on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.”


Drool in the Pool

Drool in the Pool is a new event at Oglebay that allow dogs to swim in the outdoor pool when it closes for the season on Monday at 4 pm

The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and features 50 different species including zebras, Komodo dragons, kangaroos, wild African dogs, lemurs, otters, spectacled bears and more. 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.


New this year is “Drool in the Pool” at the Oglebay outdoor pool on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  “Dogs, like humans, can enjoy the refreshing water and exercise a public pool provides and many areas across the country allow dogs to swim in a public pool after the pool season is over,” said Hargleroad.  “We are excited to offer this special dog swim when the outdoor pool closes for the season on Monday at 4:00 p.m.” There is no admission to “Drool in the Pool” and complete rules are listed below: 

  • All owners must have proof of their dog’s current Rabies vaccination.
  • All dogs must be current on all other vaccinations: Parvovirus (CPV), Canine distemper virus (CDV), Canine adenovirus (CAV).
  • One human is permitted in the pool with one dog.
  • No human swimming – wading only.
  • No one under 16 may wade in the pool.
  • Participants who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems may not enter the pool.
  • No dogs or humans with open wounds may enter the pool.
  • Activity is confined to the shallow end of the pool.
  • Owners are responsible for any and all accidents and injury to their own dog.
  • Vicious or aggressive dogs may be required to leave.
  • Retractable leashes are not permitted.
  • Dogs must be clean and brushed before entering the pool.
  • Owners must pick up their dog’s waste.
  • Participants must bath after the event.

Capture the Wild Photography Contest Winners Announced

Photography Contest at Good Zoo

The winning photos from the Good Zoo’s “Capture the Wild” Photography Contest will be on display August 10 through September 10 in the zoo’s lobby. 129 total entries were received and the zoo is already planning for next year’s contest.

Good Zoo staff announced today the winners of their first “Capture the Wild” photography contest. Nine winners and 12 honorable mentions were chosen from 129 entries in child, youth and adult categories. Local residents and Oglebay guests from as far away as Illinois entered the contest.


“Nature photography is a wonderful way for kids and adults to appreciate nature in all of it strange and beautiful forms. The fact that we had so many entries the first year, and that 68 entries were from children and teens absolutely thrills me,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.


Contest judges were Caren Knoyer, Oglebay’s Director of Marketing, local nature photographer Bill Beatty from Wild and Natural, and Gary Zearott of Zee Photography.


“It was encouraging to see the participation of youths of different ages, most are in the early stages of understanding the complexity of photography,” Zearott said.


Beatty added, “The quality of the photography was impressive.  I was pleasantly surprised by the photography abilities of the younger, under 18, categories especially the under 12, child category.  It made judging more of a challenge.”


Adult winners in first and second place was Bill Brezinski, and third place, Tom Johnston; Youth winners were Veronica  Chapman Casey, Emily Street and Michaela Fisk, and child winners were Danika Vrtar, Gabriel Larance, and Lillian Kuzma. Nine entrants won honorable mentions: Daniel O’Leary, Becky Kuzma, Carmen Heil, Jarrett Galloway, Brandon DeLaratta, Austin Douglass, Bill Brezinski, Veronica Chapman Casey, and Gabriel Larance.


The winning photographs will be on display to the public August 10through the September 10 in the Good Zoo entry building lobby. A reception will be held for all contest entrants on August 11 at 1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at the reception and all photographs entered in the contest will be on display to entrants and the general public on the day of the reception.


Miller said the Good Zoo will definitely offer a Photography Contest next year.


The Good Zoo is currently open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.50 for ages 3-12, and free to members and ages 2 and under. For more information call the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4030 or visit