Chautauqua Homecoming Days and Bethesda Festival continues today


Bethesda residents lined the streets to watch the 29th Anniversary of the Chautauqua Homecoming Days and Bethesda Festival Parade.

The parade started on Virginia Street and ended at Epworth Park.

The Bethesda Fire Department, vintage cars, public officials, tractors and so many more participated in the parade, which was just the start of the festivities. 

Epworth Park was filled with concessions and venders selling dolls, tapestries, baked goods, make-up, and more throughout the day.

Chad Moore of Caldwell who has owned a cottage for 8 years, said he’s been coming to the area since he was little and always looks forward to a trip to Epworth Park.

 “It’s just a wonderful place to spend a nice afternoon with your family,” Moore said. “We’re family oriented, We have train rides for the children, ice cream stands, and flea markets. It’s a fun place.”

Residents of the area said people come from all over to stay in the cottages that were built between 1870 and 19 hundred as a weekend retreat from city life.

“This is a unique place in Belmont County, there’s nothing like it,” said Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas. “Yet it’s close to home if you will. It’s easy to get to. The people here are what make this long time festival. It’s just a joy to have in the Ohio Valley.”

If you missed the celebration on Saturday, don’t worry, the event continues on Sunday with church services in the morning, a lasagna dinner, an antique car show, and many vendors.

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