Downtown Steubenville Original DiCarlo’s Pizza Reopens

Di Carlo’s Original Pizza on Adam Street in downtown Steubenville reopens for business today, August 30th, after a lengthy time closed for remodeling and updating their building. 

DiCarlo’s was first opened in 1945 by Primo DiCarlo after coming home from WW II.  Then in 1949 a second store was opened in Wheeling, WV.  Over the years other family-owned and some franchised shops have opened in various locations, including West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and South Carolina. When the first DiCarlo’s opened in 1945 the pizza sold for a nickel.

DiCarlo’s pizza is a valley tradition, known as ‘Ohio Valley-style’ or Steubenville-style’, famous for its ‘square cut’, crunchy crust, and cheese and toppings added after the baking. 

After 78 years of pizza making, DiCarlo’s is still offering the original delicious recipe that many, many residents, and non-residents alike, call their “favorite” and the best pizza around. 

Stop in and welcome them back and enjoy a piece, or two or three of wonderful pizza!

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September Events

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Ain’t that a kick in the head?!

This Friday, “Froehlich’s Classic Corner” in Steubenville is hosting “An Evening of American Music,” featuring a live, 15+ piece swing band singing songs made famous by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and many more!

The concert begins on Friday at 7PM, with prizes and raffles throughout: a great night out. 

The concert benefits the Steubenville Theater Company: you can read about their efforts to build a theater space here: https://rb.gy/fvk80

Tickets are $30. Every ticket is matched by a generous donor! Buy at the door or online, here: https://rb.gy/5qvyw

Get your tickets to take advantage of this wonderful evening celebrating our musical heritage.

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AFTERMATH-EXPERIENCE THE 60s will close Historic Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series regular season.

Aftermath- Experience the 60s will perform this Thursday, August 17th at the Berkman Amphitheater, Fort Steuben Park having been postponed from June 29th due to poor air quality.

The Aftermath Experience the Sixties show recreates the sights and sounds of the 60s featuring authentic reproductions of some of the most memorable songs from the 60s.

Aftermath delivers the sights with period-correct costuming and delivers the sounds of the 60s so authentically it’s easy for the audience to go back in time while watching, listening, and enjoying.  Aftermath Experience the Sixties delivers a spot-on family-friendly performance.  During the show, audiences relive the 60s listening to British Invasion, 60s Pop, Psychedelic and ‘Everything Groovy’. From the Beatles, Byrds and Stones to the Monkees, Grass Roots, Turtles and Strawberry Alarm Clock.

Aftermath has shared the stage with the likes of The Hollies, 1964 The Tribute, Peter Noone, The Vogues, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Buckinghams, 1910 Fruitgum Co. and several other national acts.

As always there is no admission charge, but a free will donation is welcome.  Concert begins at 7pm.

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Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market Growing

The 2023 Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market is growing exponentially this season, not only with the number of vendors but also the variety of products, and the volume of customers.

New vendors with products which have never been offered at the market before have signed up this year expanding the types of items available, including a vendor with a special and tasty 3 pepper sauce and one selling micro-greens.  Also added are two new baked good vendors bringing the number to four, offering cookies, cakes, pies, pizzelles, baklava, fudge, zucchini bread, banana bread, pan breads, etc

Also available are jams, jellies, apple butter, pickles, and a variety of home-canned veggies.

And of course, there are the long-standing produce vendors who have been selling at the market for years with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. They have an impressive following of customers who have learned that they can count on quality of product and a reasonable price.

This year there is also a food vendor selling freshly made breakfast sandwiches, coffee, donuts and other food.

In addition to all the great food at the market, there are two non-profit service agencies supplying information and free handouts.

There has been such a demand for space at the market and increase in customers, that we will be expanding the market’s area to accommodate vendors who are currently on a waiting list. Hopefully, this will be accomplished within the next couple of weeks.

So, do not miss out! Come on down for healthy, reasonably priced, tasty home grown/made food and while you are here socialize with others in a friendly and safe environment.

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2023 Jefferson County Fair Coming Soon!

The 2023 Jefferson County Fair will take place from August 14th through August 20th, at 1505 Friendship Park Road, Smithfield. Ohio. A tradition providing fun for over 150 years!

A plethora of events are coming up at this year’s annual fair event, with entertainment and excitement for every age and interest.

Sunday (Aug. 13th) begins with the Open Horse Show and 4-H Awards Presentation/Style Review.

Monday (Aug. 14th) has Opening Ceremonies, Jr. Fair Coronation, Jr. Fair Dog Show and more.

Tuesday (Aug. 15th) is the Cheering Competition, Judging of Baked Goods, Large & Small Animal Costume Contest, Judging of Jr. Fair Sheep, The Funny Balloon Guy, Mr. Puppet, and more.

Wednesday (Aug. 16th) features the Rafter M Rodeo, Judging of Jr. Fair Horse Show, Jr. Fair Rabbit, Jr. Fair Swine, and Russ Buchanan Band.

Thursday, (Aug. 17th) is the Motocross Race, Judging of Jr. Fair Beef Breeding & Showmanship, Open Class Beef Show, and Brother Randal Bluegrass Band.

Friday (Aug. 18th) is Home Talent Truck & Modified Tractor Pull, Judging of Jr. Fair Small Animals, Light Horse Halter Classes, Rooster Crowing Contest, “The Great Square Dance”, and more.

Saturday (Aug. 19th) the Grand Parade, Transfer Sled Antique Tractor/Farm Stock/ Truck Pulls, Karaoke and more.

Sunday, Aug. 20th) Home Talent Demo Derby, Dance Competition, Baby Beautiful Contest, and more.

Also, Lisko Amusements will be providing rides.

The above is only a sample of the many, many events during the week, for a full schedule with times and other pertinent information, go to https://thejeffersoncountyfair.com/

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Catfish in Steubenville

Giant Nutcrackers at Christmas, huge Colored Eggs at Easter, and now 5’ tall Catfish for summer have been added to the displays of oversized art objects in Steubenville.

A project of the Steubenville Cultural Trust, every Catfish is uniquely painted by a different local artist and can be found along downtown sidewalks for the months of July & August. Each Catfish has a theme and is a perfect backdrop for selfies.

Why catfish? Steubenville is a river city and catfish inhabit the nearby Ohio River. The Catfish Crawl Art Walk is designed to bring more people to the historic downtown of Steubenville where local shops and eateries welcome visitors.

Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a map to help find these fine finny friends before the season ends!

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37th Annual Greek Fest

The 37th annual Greek Fest hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church got underway on Wednesday, June 21st,  and will continue through Friday, June 23rd.  Hours for the festival are from 11am until 9pm. daily.

This year the festival is back in full force offering dancing, singing, entertainment and of course, the delicious Greek cuisine which is so sought after. 

Included in the menu this year are hot Greek dishes, including lamb stew, roasted chicken, baked fish and more, served inside the church, along with handmade pastries such as baklava, walnut cakes and cookies.    Outside, there are tents serving more food and snacks including freshly sliced gyros, snow cones, and fried dough balls (loukoumades), plus a tent selling alcoholic beverages. 

Food is also available for carry out.

Rev. Yanni Verginis, Holy Trinity’s priest, will offer tours of the church’s interior each day at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.

Organizers are expecting 20,000 people will attend over the three-day period.   Don’t miss out on all the fun, live entertainment and delicious food!

For more information visit: www.holytrinitygreekfest.com.

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Ohio Valley Frontier Days, the annual festival at Historic Fort Steuben, will return June 3rd and 4th to recreate early American life. The event will feature reenactors who portray soldiers, surveyors, and settlers to demonstrate how people lived in the days before electricity, cars, and computers.

“Over the years our goal has been to make our history interesting, relevant, and inspiring and I believe the festival is the perfect way to do that,” said Judy Bratten, director. “The festival is a chance to learn new things while enjoying the music, crafts, and food that are offered. We are grateful to the Walmart Distribution Center for being a sponsor and for their support of the Fort programs over the years.”

Historic Fort Steuben, a reconstructed fort on its original site overlooking the Ohio River, invites visitors to meet the blacksmith, the candlemaker, the flintknapper, and the broom maker. They can tour the Officers’ Quarters, the Enlisted Men’s Quarters, the Commissary, the Quartermaster’s Store, and the Hospital as well as take in the panoramic view from the upper level of the Guard House. Artisans will offer their crafts for sale from leatherworks to woodcrafts to jewelry. Frontier Dan will guide participants in the Tomahawk Toss while members of the 1st American Regiment teach the skills of shooting a musket.

The fort was originally built to protect the surveyors of the Northwest Territory in 1786 and members of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio will be on hand to teach the history and the use of the chain and compass. Visitors can meet the archaeologists from Franciscan University of Steubenville and explore the ongoing dig on the site.

Period music with traditional instruments will be presented by Rich & Kathy Small on Saturday and on Sunday by Bill Schilling and by award-winning singer/songwriter Steve Free. Representatives of the Sons of the American Revolution will be stationed nearby.

Author and artist Alan Fitzpatrick will have his original art for sale on Sunday while Gary Beckley will be selling and signing copies of his new book, “Oh! Susannah.” More books, toys, and gifts will be found in the Museum Shop in the Visitor Center.

“We also are raffling off a beautiful handmade quilt made by local artisan Karen Nicholson,” Bratten added. “The drawing will be held on Sunday, after the festival. There will be a scavenger hunt for the kids, too, with a chance to win a prize.”

Bratten noted that food vendors, crafters, and other retail booths will be set up in the Fort and in Fort Steuben Park. Admission to the Fort will be $7/adults, $3/youth 6-12, and under 6 free. There are also special family rates. For more information call 740.283.1787.

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