Oglebay’s fall tradition, Oglebayfest, will begin on Friday, October 4 and continue through Sunday, October 6, 2013. “Oglebayfest began in 1978 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oglebay and provides an annual ‘thank-you’ to all who visit us year-round,” said John Hargleroad, Director of Operations for Oglebay. Most of Oglebayfest’s activities are offered free of charge or at a reduced admission.
The Phil Maxwell Artists’ and Gourmet Markets will be located in the Mansion Woods next to the Mansion Museum. The Markets offers a view of the tri-state’s best artisans at work plus an extensive selection of local and regional foods. Both markets will be open Friday 12:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Ohio County Country Fair at Site One features Baked Goods Auctions, Square Dance, Hog Calling Contest, Fiddle Contest, Pedal Power Contest, Hitch Class Show, Rock Throwing Contest, Baby Crawling Contest, and the State Championship Pony Pull. The Country Fair will also features demonstrations on Rug Braiding, Old Fashioned Butter Making, Corn Grinding, Blacksmithing, and Quilting. Antique Farm Equipment will also be on display both days and Quilts & Needlework can be found at Camp Russel. Sheep, horses, pigs, cows, goats and other animals will be on display in the Country Fair Livestock Tent.
Two crowd-pleasing favorites, the Oglebayfest parade and the fireworks, will take place on Saturday. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Good Zoo with Roland Hobbs serving as the parade Grand Marshall. Hobbs recently retired from the Wheeling Park Commission where he has served as a member of the commission since 1973. “We are proud to honor Mr. Hobbs as this year’s Oglebayfest Parade Grand Marshall for his many years of distinguished service and significant contributions to the Wheeling Park Commission,” said Hargleroad. The fireworks display will light up the sky over Schenk Lake at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Oglebayfest is also famous for its foods and non-stop entertainment. The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge has several special menus and buffets including the Seafood Gala on Friday and the Smokehouse Buffet on Saturday. Both buffets are available from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Brunch is offered in the dining room on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations for the dining room can be made by calling 304-243-4080. Entertainment at Wilson Lodge includes Dustin McCray in Hickman Lounge from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Markus & James in Hickman on Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Mansfield 5 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Glessner Auditorium.
The Rathskeller, located at Hess Shelter, is one of Oglebayfest’s most popular destinations. The menu has German favorites including grilled bratwurst, knackwurst and sauerkraut. The Harvest Carnival at the Wagon Shed returns with fun foods including chocolate dipped frozen bananas, deep fried oreos, funnel cakes and corn dogs. Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe, Oglebay’s newest shop, will have fresh-made fudge, roasted nuts and gourmet chocolates at the Wagon Shed. Food will be served at the Rathskeller and Harvest Carnival on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Entertainment at the Rathskeller includes Alpen Glow German Band, International Fold Dancers and Steve Grkman with his Button Box Accordion.
The Country Kitchen and the Ohio County Country Fair will start serving food at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Levenson Shelter and Site One. Hot soup, sandwiches and pie will be available at the Garden Center. Snacks and sandwiches will be available at the Good Zoo, Schenk Lake and the Artists’ Market Woods, and fudge, candy and beverages will be available at Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe.
Oglebayfest is also famous for its non-stop entertainment. There will be a free square dance with Cabin Fever String Band on Friday at the Country Fair from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Haller Shelter will host Miller, Smith & Mazure Band on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Sarah Mahan-Hays on Saturday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish on Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. There is no admission to the Haller Shelter events but must be 21 years old to attend.
The Good Zoo is offering free admission on Saturday and Sunday where visitors can enjoy the Dinosaur Exhibit. “Several life-sized, moving, roaring dinosaurs will be on display through Boo at the Zoo,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. The zoo will also feature Fire Safety on Saturday in cooperation with the Wheeling Fire Department. “Come meet local firefighters and practice getting out of a smoke-filled house,” added Miller.
All the shops of Oglebay will be open during Oglebayfest including Carriage House Glass, the Nature Express Shop at the Good Zoo, the Palm Room by the greenhouse, Wheeling Civic Center Garden Center, Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe, and the Speidel Pro Shop at the Hamm Clubhouse. Carriage House Glass is featuring West Virginia Artisan Glass.
There will be glassblowing demonstrations on the Mansion Museum lawn all three days and an Antique Car Display will be on the lawn on Sunday.
Another popular Oglebayfest attraction, the Belgian horse display, will be at Site One on both Saturday and Sunday. Pony rides and inflatable rides will be offered at Schenk Lake on Saturday and Sunday.
The Schrader Environmental Center will present Mike Kandis and Friends featuring Bearded Dragons, Ball Pythons and other reptiles. Admission is $2.00 per person.
Oglebayfest offers free parking and the shuttle buses provide easy access to all of the festival’s activities. Special overnight packages are available at Wilson Lodge for Oglebayfest and reservations can be made by calling 800-624-6988 or book online at www.oglebay-resort.com.
For more information about Oglebayfest, call 304-243-4010 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com/fest.htm for a complete Oglebayfest schedule.