A Pleasant (Valley) Evening

It’s been another crazy week in the world.  A week that’s hard to comprehend and a week that makes us nervous for the future of our country.  We are fortunate in Wheeling, W.Va., to have outlets that help us focus on the present, on what’s important to us.  Family, friends, community, kindness can all be found in the many neighborhoods of Wheeling on any given summer evening. Friday night we found such a place in muggy Pleasant Valley at the St. Mike’s Festival.

Sometimes you need a dose of what’s good with the world to help you fight against what’s bad with it.

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The All-Star Game, the Fourth of July and the yellow lights at the St. Mike’s Fair traditionally signal the midway point of sumer.

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It was a packed house.

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Jillian Kiger had a great time.

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Festival-goers hit the church pews to hear bluegrass and hits from the sixties.

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The funnel cake is uniquely Ohio Valley-festival-fair.

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Costanzo’s secret family recipe Italian Sausage is one of the best sandwiches in town.

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The “Tip Sheet” is another classic Wheeling fundraising tool.

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Slot cars were a big hit.

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This old-school, makeshift carousel doesn’t have bells and whistles, but keeps the kids happy for sure – just ask Seth Weidner.

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Mmmmm. Pulled Pork and homemade slaw.

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Mayor Glenn Elliott was there as well.

Tonight is the last night of the fair.  Go there and collect some Wheeling-style, “good karma” ammunition.



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