An exciting Independence Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. “The most-popular event, the fireworks display, will take place on 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 special patriotic music presented in conjunction with the fireworks. “The event is an annual tribute to Albert Schenk, and features inspiring patriotic music and fireworks,” said Hargleroad.
“New this year is the Rainbow Tunnel with a red, white and blue patriotic display from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. on July 3,” said Hargleroad.
Hargleroad said the Rainbow Tunnel is a 100-foot light tunnel that was introduced to the Winter Festival of Lights in November 2014. This tunnel has 30 arches that span the road leading from Levenson Shelter to the lake and features programmable RGB technology.
Also planned for July 3 is an Ice Carving demonstration by Chris Kefauver from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wagon Shed, adjacent to Schenk Lake. Picnic-style food service will be available at Schenk Lake from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the Ron Retzer Trio will be performing at the lake from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Inflatable rides will be at the Schenk Lake area from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. One free ride is included with the purchase of a wristband. Activity wristbands are available every day during the summer at the Good Zoo and the Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe 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 $16.95 each.
The Hilltop at Oglebay will also have entertainment on Friday, July 3 featuring the musical duo Marcus and James from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m. and a magician will be entertaining from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Shops on The Hilltop including Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe, Carriage House Glass and The Palm Room will be open nightly until 10:00 p.m.
The Oglebay Stables will be offering free tours on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and pony rides will be ½ price on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for those making advance reservations. Pony ride and trail ride reservations can be made by calling 304-243-4042.
The Independence Celebration is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new. The zoo will offer July 4th themed animal enrichment activities on Saturday, July 4, from 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Admission to the zoo is $8.95 for non-member adults and $5.75 for ages 3-12. Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.
New this year at Schenk Lake are kayaks. “Single and double kayaks are now available,” said Hargleroad. “The kayaks are a good addition to the pedal boats and aqua cycles that are currently available at Schenk Lake. Great fun and great exercise!”
“Also new at Schenk Lake is an ADA fishing platform large enough to accommodate two people fishing and the bathrooms at the Lake were totally renovated to be compliant with ADA standards,” added Hargleroad. Funding for the ADA project at the lake was provided by the Schenk Charitable Trust.
The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge has new events this summer including the Seafood Extravaganza on Friday and the new Brazilian Grill on Saturday. The dining room is also offering The Louisiana Feast on Tuesday, Linguini’s Italian Trattoria on Wednesday and Ole! Ole It’s Mexican on Thursday this summer. All events are from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 304-243-4080.