Labor Day weekend activities abound locally

A number of local activities will highlight the Labor Day weekend in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Activities include:

At Mountwood Park, the Labor Day Weekend Horse Rides and Camp Out will be held Friday through Monday, with most of the activities occurring on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Wood County Horse Riding Club. Rides will be self-guided, unless a guided tour is requested. A hot dog dinner will be at 5 p.m. Saturday and a quilt raffle will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday.

For information, go to www.mountwoodpark.org or call the park at 304-679-3611 or call club representative Tara Patterson at 304-588-1407.

The Oil and Gas Museum on Third Street in downtown Parkersburg will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The museum also operates Henderson Hall on River Road in Boaz which will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

The Apple Butter Weekend at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will be Saturday and Sunday. Members of the Stillwell 4-H Club, dressed in colonial-style attire, will make apple butter over an open fire. For information, visit www.blennershassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800.

On Labor Day, Blennerhassett Island and the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History at Second and Juliana streets will be open for the holiday on Monday. The weekend’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will be open through Monday for tours and sternwheeler rides to the island. Saturday’s island hours will be 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday is from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The sternwheeler Island Belle will pick up visitors at Point Park in Parkersburg for rides to and from the island. Boat ride tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12.

The annual Washington County Fair runs from Saturday through Tuesday at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta.

Daily admission is $8 for ages 6-59, $5 for seniors age 60 and older, and free for children under 5. Daily admission includes rides and all grandstand events.

There will be entertainment, animal events, a demolition derby, a concert by country group Ricochet and other activities throughout the fair. The Washington County Fair website can be found at www.washcountyfair.com and includes event registration information and a full fair schedule.

At North Bend State Park, the annual West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday. The festival focuses on conservation of live butterflies and caterpillars and presentations. For admission information, call the park at 304-737-4411 or go to www.northbendsp.com.

Admission is free. There will be activities from 9 a.m.t o 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.t o 7:30 p.m. Sunday during the butterfly festival.

The Campus Martius Museum and the Ohio River Museum, both in Marietta, are open for the holiday weekend. The museums are open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Campus Martius and Ohio River museums, located one block apart on Second Street and Front Street, are operated by the Ohio Historical Society, a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history.

The Campus Martius Museum focuses primarily on the pioneer history of the Northwest Territory and Marietta as its first settlement, along with other aspects of the area’s history from 1780 to 1970. The Ohio River Museum focuses on the rivers, riverboats and sternwheelers which played vital roles in Marietta’s history.

The Castle on Fourth Street in Marietta will be open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

An outdoor art show is being organized for Labor Day at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg by Norm Payne owner of Fidel’s Fine Art Studio in Parkersburg.

The “Labor of Love” art show will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday near Point Park’s amphitheater. It will be free and open to the public.

There will be artwork to view and to purchase, along with live entertainment and food. More than a dozen artists will be offering pieces in various mediums for the show. Entertainers will include Jerry and Lisa Queen and Shaileigh Plummer.