WHEELING - An exciting Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay Park beginning Saturday and continuing Sept. 1-2.
One of the most-anticipated events, Wheeling Symphony's free performance "Music Under the Stars," with guest vocalist Rosena M. Hill, will take place Sept. 1, according to John Hargleroad, director of operations for the Wheeling Park Commission. The Suzuki Strings perform at the amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Wheeling Symphony's performance at 7:30 p.m. A fireworks display concludes the evening.
The Oglebay Woodcarver's Show will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 1 at the Pine Room. The show features sales, demonstrations and exhibits.
Fort Henry Living History board member Jessica Keller stands ready for any threat that might harm her young son, Brandon.
Hargleroad noted there is no admission to the Wheeling Symphony performance, Fort Henry Days of the Woodcarver's Show, although donations are appreciated at the Woodcarver's Show.
Inflatable rides and a rock-climbing wall will be at the Schenk Lake area 1-6 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 2.
Daily activity wristbands will be available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center all three days. The wristbands provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum.
"The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo and see the Dinosaur Exhibit before it goes extinct," said Penny Miller, director of the Good Zoo.
This special exhibit includes five life-sized dinosaurs, one offspring and a nest of newly hatched baby dinos.
"The dinosaurs are fitted with an electric brain so they move and roar," added Miller.
The zoo presents "Dino Talk" with the baby T-Rex from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 1-2.
And because it was so popular last year, "Drool in the Pool" at the Oglebay outdoor pool will return from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 2.
"Dogs, like humans, can enjoy the refreshing water and exercise a public pool provides and many areas across the country allow dogs to swim in a public pool after the pool season is over," said Hargleroad. "We are excited to offer this special dog swim when the outdoor pool closes for the season on Monday at 4 p.m."
There is no admission to "Drool in the Pool." All dogs participating must have proof of a current rabies vaccination, and one human, aged 16 and above, is permitted in the pool with one dog.