Festivals

betty fest 3-sm

OHIO

BELMONT COUNTY

ALL-AMERICAN DAYS FESTIVAL

The annual All-American Days Festival takes place, naturally, in the All-American Town of Bellaire from June 1-3. The village park is the destination for entertainment, vendors, food and carnival rides for children. Held in Bellaire, OH 43906

BARNESVILLE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Barnesville is renowned for its four-day event that focuses on all things pumpkin. The crowning of the King Pumpkin is a highlight every year, with last year’s king weighing in at more than 1,000 pounds. The festival is always held the last full weekend in September, this year Sept. 21-24.

Held in Barnesville, OH 43713; 740-425-2593

BELMONT COUNTY FAIR

This year’s county fair will take place Sept. 5-10. A family tradition since 1849, the fair boasts carnival rides, 4-H exhibits and shows, a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls and more.

Held at 45300 Roscoe Road, St. Clairsville, OH 43950; www.belmontcountyfair.org

BETTY ZANE DAYS

This Aug. 1-5 festival takes place in the Martins Ferry City Park and features food, live music, carnival rides, a car show, a 5K race and more in honor of Betty Zane, a noted heroine of the Revolutionary War. Held in Martins Ferry, OH 43935; 740-633-0515; www.martinsferry.org/event/betty-zane-frontier-daysfestival/

CHAUTAUQUA DAYS

Community history, food, fun and a 5K race highlight this two-day event in Bethesda. It is slated June 8-9 this year. Held at Epworth Park, 215 N. Main St., Bethesda, OH 43719;

www.epworthpark.org/chautauqua-days

SHADYSIDE LOOP FESTIVAL

The Loop Fest takes place in June in Shadyside, bringing residents and out-of-town visitors together for food, music, a 5K memorial race and good times. It is planned June 16-17 this year.

Held at Central Avenue, Shadyside, OH 43947

GUERNSEY COUNTY

GUERNSEY COUNTY FAIR

This year’s fair will be held Sept. 11-17. Look forward to 4-H exhibits, carnival rides, truck and tractor pulls, food and more.

Held at Guernsey County Fairgrounds, 335 Old National Road, Lore City, OH 43755; 740-489-5888; www.guernseycountyfairgrounds.org

OHIO HILLS FOLK FESTIVAL

On the week of the second Saturday every July, Quaker City hosts the oldest continuously running festival in Ohio. It features country music, carnival rides, homecooked food, multiple parades and vintage photos at the municipal building. It will take place July 6-8 this season.

Held at Quaker City, OH 43773

JEFFERSON COUNTY

DEAN MARTIN FESTIVAL

Celebrating all things “Deano” in honor of Steubenville’s native son, the Dean Martin Festival,

set for June 15-18, encompasses music, food, entertainment and a good time for all.

Held at Steubenville, OH 43952

JEFFERSON COUNTY FAIR

The fair annually features 4-H shows and exhibits, local talent, demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, rides, food and more. Held at Friendship Park Road, Smithfield, OH 43948; 740-733-8230; www.thejeffersoncountyfair.com

HARRISON COUNTY

ADENA HERITAGE DAYS

The two-day festival is held every August, this year Aug. 11-12, to celebrate the heritage of Adena’s residents. Events include dancing at the community center, an afternoon parade, live music, softball games, bingo, corn bag toss tournaments and games for children. The Heritage Days festival also offers plenty of food. Held on Main Street, Adena, OH 43901; 740-546-3946; www.facebook.com/pages/Adena-Heritage-Days

BABY BISON DAYS/INTERTRIBAL NATIVE AMERICAN POW WOW

Boss Bison Ranch is home to a summertime festival that invites Native American tribes from far and wide to bless the new baby bison. The nonprofit event provides food to Harcatus Food Pantry.

This year’s event will happen June 17-18. Wagon rides, food, nature, vendors and more will be included.

Held at Boss Bison Ranch, 85701 Unionvale Road, Cadiz, OH 43907; 740-942-8726; www.bossbisonranch.com/Events

HARRISON COUNTY FAIR

The fair events include 4-H shows, truck and tractor pulls, carnival rides, food and more.

Held at Harrison County Fairgrounds, 550 Grant St., Cadiz, OH 43907; 740-942-8332; www.facebook.com/pages/Harrison-County-Fair-Ohio

SCIO FALL FESTIVAL

Despite the name, the Scio Fall Festival is held for four days in mid-August, this year Aug. 9-12. The Fall Festival, aka the Scio Street Fair, puts on a large parade on Friday evening, with local bands and floats galore. The event brings in a variety of food vendors and amusement rides for children. Live music and bingo play huge parts in entertainment.

Held on Main Street, Scio, OH 43988; 740-945-0260; www.facebook.com/pages/Scio-Fall-Festival

WEST VIRGINIA

MARSHALL COUNTY

FESTIVAL OF COLORS

Also known as Holi, the Festival of Colors is the modern American version of a traditional Indian festival. This color festival is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. It is great fun for the whole family. With events held in Moundsville, Pittsburgh and Columbus, there are multiple chances to experience the wonders of color and music. It is slated Sept. 16 this year at Moundsville.

Held at New Vrindaban, Moundsville, WV 26014; www.festivalofcolors.us

OHIO COUNTY

OGLEBAYFEST

The annual thank-you to all who visit Oglebay Park throughout the year, Oglebayfest coincides with the Ohio County Country Fair. Dates this year are Oct. 6-8.

Held at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV 26003;www.oglebayresort.org

OHIO VALLEY RIB & CHICKEN COOK-OFF

There will be free live entertainment throughout the day, as well as a fun zone with inflatable rides. Local food and craft vendors will take part alongside regional vendors scheduled this year for June 23-24. Held at Wheeling Heritage Port, Wheeling, WV 26003

UPPER OHIO VALLEY ITALIAN FESTIVAL

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. This year’s festival will take place July 21-23.

Held at Wheeling Heritage Port, Wheeling, WV 26003; www.italyfest.com

HERITAGE MUSIC BLUESFEST

Wheeling brings in legends and some of today’s top blues artists every summer, this year Aug. 11-13.

Held at Wheeling Heritage Port, Wheeling, WV 26003; www.heritagemusicfest.com

WHEELING HERITAGE PORT STERNWHEEL FESTIVAL

Both large and small sternwheel boats dock at Heritage Port for this three-day festival, Sept.

14-16. Held at Wheeling Heritage Port, Wheeling, WV 26003

WINTERFEST

Winterfest is now part of the official kickoff of the holiday season in the Ohio Valley.

Held in Wheeling, WV 26003

COMMENTS