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

Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay

The Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay will host Wheeling Symphony’s Music Under the Stars on Sunday, September 2. The free performance is part of Oglebay’s Labor Day Weekend celebration and fireworks will follow the symphony’s concert.

An exciting Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2.  “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.


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 start at $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.


Dinosaur Exhibit at the Good Zoo

The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo at Oglebay to see the Dinosaur Exhibit before it goes extinct. The zoo will present “Dino Talk” on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 31-September 2, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

“The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo and see the Dinosaur Exhibit before it goes extinct!” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. This special exhibit includes five life-sized dinosaurs, one off-spring, and a nest of newly-hatched baby dinos. “The dinosaurs are fitted with an electric brain so they move and roar,” added Miller.


 The zoo will present “Dino Talk” with the baby T-Rex on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.


The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and admission to the zoo is $9.00 for non-member adults and $5.75 for ages 3-12.  Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.


Drool in the Pool at Oglebay

Wheeling native Dick Farley helped his family's two-year-old golden retriever, Sophie, learn to swim at last year’s Drool in the Pool canine swim at the Oglebay pool. Drool in the Pool returns this year to close out the Labor Day weekend activities on Monday, September 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Because it was so popular last year “Drool in the Pool” at the Oglebay Outdoor pool will return this year 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 all dogs participating in the swim must have proof of a current rabies vaccination, and one human, aged 16 and above, is permitted in the pool with one dog. 

Click here for the Drool in the Pool release form.  Rules:   

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