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Thousands Head To Oglebay Park To Enjoy Oglebayfest

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The annual tradition that celebrates arts and crafts, agriculture, food and music is in full swing, and a sudden chill in the air is adding a festive seasonal atmosphere.

Oglebayfest started in 1978.

Two years later came the Ohio County Country Fair.

"Well, the idea is to show people where their food comes from," said John Miller, Ohio County extension agent. "People have to raise the crops and the animals that become the food that you buy at the Kroger store. And that's the whole mission here."

Since its inception, the fair has blossomed into a huge event.

Its founder, Edgar Hooper, long-time county extension agent, says it's like no other.

"The fair in unique," says Hooper. "We don't have grand champion steers. But we do have grand  champion people here. I think it has really promoted agriculture in this area. The participation has been phenomenal over the years."

Everyone has their own favorite part of the fair.

For some, it's mechanical.

"I think my favorite part is the antique tractors," says Ted Carter, a farm owner in Ohio County. "Being the farmer in me, I've enjoyed them, seeing how people have fixed them up, painted them, have them looking really nice."

"The whole country fair is the best part of Oglebayfest for me," says Janette Anderson of McMechen.

For others, the attraction was the outdoor performance by Wheeling Park High School's marching band, The Pride Of Ohio County, under the direction of Jason Birch.

And for still others, the best part was the comfort food.

"Well, I just had the chicken noodle soup and it was really good," says Shane Myers of Dallas Pike.

And that's right in line with a recommendation from Oglebay's director of park operations, in the midst of this suddenly chilly fall weather.

"Well, dress warm and have plenty of coffee," says John Hargleroad. "And have some soup while you're here. There's a lot of good food to be had."