WHEELING – Oglebay Park officials are extremely excited to return Oglebayfest and Boo to the zoo this weekend, after both events were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic .
Starting Friday, park visitors can celebrate the wonders of fall at the 44th annual Oglebayfest and Boo at the Zoo.
Rod Haley, executive vice president of the Wheeling Park Commission, said Oglebay Park will adhere to all CDC COVID-19 guidelines throughout both events and encourage visitors to follow appropriate spacing protocols.
“Friday kicks off with the Phil Maxwell Artists’ and Gourmet Market at Mansion Woods, and kind of the start of it all,” Haley explained. “We’re just happy to have enough properties to be able to lay out in the field, have fun and have a great weekend.”
Located next to the Mansion Museum, the Market, presented by the Oglebay Institute, offers regional dishes and an extensive display of fine craftsmanship with live demonstrations by the region’s most skilled artisans. Mansion Woods will also offer live entertainment.
The Oglebayfest parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Oglebay Good Zoo, and a fireworks display over Schenk Lake will close Saturday’s festivities at 8:30 p.m. Oglebayfest also includes the Ohio County Fair, located at Levenson Shelter , and the Rathskeller, located at Hess Shelter above the playing field.
The fair features exhibits of elaborate quilts, locally grown foods and sweet animals on Saturdays and Sundays, in addition to a variety of traditional demonstrations and competitions for all ages including; quilting demonstrations, butter making, pork calls, fiddling, rock throwing and crawling baby competitions.
The Rathskeller is one of Oglebayfest’s most popular destinations. This German-style beer garden offers dozens of seasonal and local beers paired with German favorites like bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and more. Kicking off at 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Rathskeller also offers a variety of live entertainment throughout the weekend.
Oglebayfest also offers free parking and a shuttle service. A free shuttle service will transport guests to various key locations including Lake Schenk, Good Zoo, Mansion Museum, The Hilltop, Crispin Center, and Wilson Lodge. For a full schedule of Oglebayfest events, visit www.oglebay.com/oglebayfest.
Boo at the Zoo is back from Friday at the Good Zoo with the support of the law firm Bordas & Bordas. Ghouls and goblins of all ages will enjoy a variety of fun events including an interactive scavenger hunt, spooky train ride, and extended hours on 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24 October. Guests can discover Boo at the zoo from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
“Oglebay’s Boo at the Zoo is a big tradition in the Ohio Valley,” said Jamie Bordas, Managing Partner of Bordas & Bordas. “We are proud to be the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row and hope all participants enjoy this year’s event.
Each Good Zoo party trail and scavenger hunt station will feature unique themes, with decorations generously provided by Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary, The Wheeling Country Day School, Whisk Bakery, Bordas & Bordas, Sarah’s On Main, Jeremy West, Dr Raina Burke, Fort Henry Capital, and State Farm Agents Noah Mull and Laura Mull. Boo at the Zoo is also made possible by the generous support of Elm Grove Dairy Queen, West Liberty University and Pepsi.
Profits from Boo at the Zoo benefit the care and conservation of Good Zoo animals. Boo at the Zoo tickets are on sale now at www.oglebay.com/boo.