Wheeling is ready to celebrate Labor Day weekend with a variety of events that will offer something for everyone. From land, air, and water activities, to music, food, and fireworks, the city has planned a festive and memorable weekend for its residents and visitors.
One of the main attractions of the weekend is the Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Heritage Port. The regatta will feature more than 50 vintage hydroplanes and runabouts from across the country, dating back to the 1920s. The boats will race on the Ohio River at speeds of up to 100 mph, creating a thrilling spectacle for the spectators.
The regatta will also include a boat show, a car show, a swap meet, a silent auction, and a kids zone. The event is free and open to the public, and proceeds will benefit Easterseals Rehabilitation Center.
Another highlight of the weekend is the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra's Labor Day Celebration Concert, which will take place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater. The concert will feature patriotic and popular music, conducted by John Devlin. The concert will also feature guest vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the winner of America's Got Talent in 2011.
The concert will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the river, sponsored by Main Street Bank. The concert is also free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.
Other events that will take place during the weekend include:
- The Wheeling Arts and Culture Fest, which will showcase local artists, musicians, performers, and vendors on Saturday and Sunday at various locations downtown. The fest will also include workshops, demonstrations, and interactive activities for all ages.
- The Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour, which will offer four different routes for cyclists of all levels on Sunday morning. The tour will start and end at Heritage Port, and will explore the scenic and historic trails along the river and beyond.
- The Wheeling Park Labor Day Picnic, which will offer fun and games for families on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. at Wheeling Park. The picnic will include live music, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, and more.
Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott said that he is excited to welcome everyone to the city for the Labor Day weekend. He said that the weekend is a great opportunity to showcase the city's attractions and amenities, as well as to celebrate its history and culture.
He also said that he is grateful to all the sponsors, organizers, volunteers, and participants who have made the weekend possible. He urged everyone to enjoy the events safely and responsibly.