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May 20, 2013
Times Leader
There’s one thing the valley boasts a lot of and that is festivals. From festivals celebrating music to vast differences in cultural and ethnic heritage that make up each community, there is seemingly a festival for everything. And to top it off, don’t forget the county fairs.

• June Wheeling Feeling?Chili Cookoff: June 2, Wheeling, W.Va.: The annual chili cooking contest brings in contestants from around the valley and beyond to see who can cook up the best chili recipes in numerous categories. All-American?Days Festival: June 6-8, Bellaire. The annual All-American Days Festival takes place in the village park and features: entertainment, vendor booths and carnival rides for the kids. The fireworks display takes place Saturday. There will also be a sidewalk sale for businesses to partake in. Holy Trinity Grecian Food Festival: June 11-15, Steubenville: All things Grecian cuisine will be on display in Steubenville in June, along with musical entertainment and cultural activities celebrating the area’s rich Greek heritage. Shadyside?Loop Fest: June 14-15, Shadyside. The loop fest takes place on Central Ave. in Shadyside, bringing together both residents and festival goers from out of town for food, music and good times. Dean Martin Festival: June 13-15, Steubenville. Celebrating all things ‘Deano’ in honor of Steubenville’s native son, the Dean Martin Festival encompasses music, food, entertainment and a good time for all. Website: Bikes-Brews-BBQ: June 22-23, Wheeling, W.Va.: From contests determining who can make the best barbecue ribs and beef to cold beer on a hot summer day and the smell of gasoline and the roar of motorcycle engines, this event has increased in popularity. Black Heritage Festival: June 24, Wheeling, W.Va.: The Black Heritage Festival features food, music and fun, as well as informational opportunities to learn about African American history, food, culture, music and more. Ohio Valley Rib &?Chicken Cook-Off: June 28-29, Wheeling, W.Va.: There will be free live entertainment throughout the day, as well as a kids fun zone with inflatable rides. Local food and craft vendors ill partake alongside regional vendors. Phone: (740) 695-3639.

• July Chautauqua Days: July 13-14, Bethesda. Food, fun, community, history and, most recently, the addition of a 5K race highlight this two-day event in Bethesda. Upper?Ohio Valley Italian?Festival: July 27-29, Wheeling, W.Va.: The annual weekend when everyone in the Ohio Valley is Italian, the Italian Fest features a bevy of food vendors, musical performances, activities for kids, bocce ball and even a fireworks display.

• August Betty Zane Days Festival: Martins Ferry. The annual festival honoring the heroine of Fort Henry, Betty Zane. Taking place in city park in Martins?Ferry, this even features food, live music, carnival rides, a car show, a 5K race and a host of other activities. Wheeling Heritage Blues Festival: Aug 9-11, Wheeling, W.Va. Wheeling brings in legends and some of today’s top blues artists very summer. Grammy-winner Dr. John, along with Joan Osborne and hall of fame inductee Joe Louis Walker headline the 2013 rendition. Website: Wheeling Wine and?Jazz?Festival: Aug. 25, Wheeling, W.Va. Another music festival in Wheeling, this time paired with good food and wine tasting.

• September Wheeling?Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival: Sept. 13-15, Wheeling, W.Va. Both large and small sternwheel boats dock at Heritage Port for this three-day festival that also features live entertainment, food vendors and a kids play area. Barnesville Pumpkin Festival: Sept. 26-29, Barnesville. The 50th annual Pumpkin Festival takes place in downtown Barnesville this year. The four-day event, highlighted by the crowning of the king pumpkin, features great food, including pumpkin-themed dishes. There are rides and games for kids; a craft sale, a quilt show and various contests and informational booths.

• October Wellsburg Apple Fest: Oct 4-6, Wellsburg, W.Va. The 35th annual festival features great food and good times for all in attendance. Website: Oglebayfest: October 4-6, Wheeling, W.Va. The annual thank you to all who visit Oglebay Park throughout the year, Oglebayfest coincides with the Ohio County Country Fair. Food vendors, carnival rides, handcrafted wares and demonstrations and even a fireworks display highlight this three-day event.

• November Winterfest: Nov. 16-18, Wheeling, W.Va. Winterfest is now part of the official kickoff of the holiday season in the Ohio Valley. Coinciding with the Wheeling Fantasy in Lights parade, Winterfest features a host of indoor and outdoor activities.



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