ONE OF the summer highlights in Bellaire unfolds this week.
The popular All-American Days Festival kicks off its three day run on Thursday in the village's historic park.
The festival committee puts much work and planning in making the annual event a first-class affair.
Entertainment abounds all three days, concluding with a spectacular finale Saturday night. The Vogues bring big-time name recognition to the streets of Bellaire. They are being sponsored by the Belmont County Tourism Council. They will perform from 9-10:30 Saturday night.
The Vogues will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 10:30, sponsored by the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce.
Bates Amusement will be providing carnival rides. Plenty of arts, crafts and food vendors will be featured. The festival parade will be staged Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Car & Motorcycle Cruise-In will be staged Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Dash plaques go to the first 50 entrants. Registration is $10. D.J. Jeff Kreiter will provide the music.
Some of the other festival highlights include two performances by Robert "Moose" Dodrill, Rachel Beck, Streamline and the Buffington Brothers, sponsored by Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home.
Saturday's festival opening will also include the season opening of the Farmers' Market. The popular Saturday event will run through October.
The proceeds from this week's festival help to fund several activities in the village, including Boo In The Park, the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the BooBoo Buddies program at Belmont Community Hospital.
SPEAKING OF "Moose" Dodrill, he will be singing the national anthem at PNC Park on Labor Day prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros game. Moose sang the anthem prior to Bellaire marker dedication ceremony Sunday. He booms it with the best of them.
ANYONE LOOKING for a super meal while supporting a most worthwhile cause, they should attend the Bethesda Fire Department Chicken BBQ on Memorial Day at the Bethesda Firehouse, starting at noon. Dinners include: half chicken, baked potato, vegetable and roll. Dinners are $8 and half chicken are $4. Pre-order by calling 740-484-4573.
WE COMMEND the St. Clairsville High students who raised several hundreds dollars to aid the tornado-relief efforts in Alabama.
JOHN BOEHNER'S stock is going up in my book, after I discovered the US Speaker of The House played football for Gerry Faust at Cincinnati Moeller High School in the late 60s.
WVU FOOTBALL head-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen didn't endure himself to Mountaineer fans after a drunken casino episode recently near Charleston. Reportedly, Holgorsen has experienced similar issues in the Ohio Valley. A drunken public spectacle cost Gary Moeller his head coaching position at Michigan in the 90s, enabling Lloyd Carr to take over. Holgorsen obviously lacks the class of Bill Stewart and Don Nehlen.
I WAS big on Lou Gentile way back when he was stumping to get Ted Strickland elected governor. He was successful then and he has demonstrated in his short time as state representative that he is destined for continued success. If there is a local event of note, Lou will be there. Latest case in point...the Bellaire Historical Marker Dedication a week ago.
THE MARTINS Ferry Lions Club continues to beautify the Purple City. The Lions were out Saturday morning, cleaning up the corner of Ohio 7 and Hanover Street. Their work resulted in a nice facelift.
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