Betty Zane Days

SCHOOL BELLS will be ringing in just a few weeks. The resumption of classes signals the unofficial end of the summer season.

That being the case, an ideal family-oriented way to wind down the season unfolds in Martins Ferry this week. The annual Betty Zane Days Festival officially begins Tuesday night, and with it comes a wide variety of activities and entertainment for individuals of all ages.

The annual event is under the direction of the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department. The VFD plans meticulously for the festival, looking to provide all types of attractions.

In addition to great food, lively entertainment and a plethora of rides, the festival will feature its annual 5K race Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The race takes on added significance this year as all proceeds will go to Riders for a Cure.

Thanks go to Barb Ballint and her daughter, Chelsea Edwards. They are passionate in the fight against cancer. Entry fees are $15, with the first 150 receiving a T-shirt. We encourage anyone physically able to take part and support a worthy cause.

Some of the biggest events are reserved for Saturday, when the annual parade is staged. Police and fire departments will then step up to compete. The police and fire mushball game will be held at 8 p.m. The police department has taken the trophy home for the past two years, and the fire department challengers are ready for a rematch.

We commend the Martins Ferry VFD for staging a first-class festival and we urge local residents to support a worthwhile event, helping many organizations in the process.