Instead of reporting a list of cancellations or postponements, here are the things coming up that we are looking forward to, and that have not been cancelled.  (As of now)

At Fort Steuben Berkman Amphitheater the Summer Concert Series kicks off on Memorial Day, May 25, then continues every Thursday evening May 28th through July 30.  The schedule is being finalized and the list of acts should soon be available.

Also at the Fort, the annual Ohio Valley Frontier Days, when Historic Fort Steuben is filled with soldiers, Native Americans, craft vendors, food vendors, live music and more, is scheduled for June 6-7, 2020.

Historic Fort Steuben is again offering two sessions of the Summer Youth Education Program, Session One being June 8th-12th; and Session Two is from July 13th-17th.

The 2020 Greek Fest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will be taking place from June 16th – 19th, and is always a favorite for everyone.

June also brings the celebration of the Dean Martin Festival, this year including a street fair and being hosted by The Spot Bar.  The dates for the Festival are set for June 19th-21st.

The Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market kicks off this year on June 25th and is open every Thursday through October 29th.

Steubenville’s 4th of July Celebration takes place this year on Thursday, July 2nd, at Historic Fort Steuben Park.

From August 18th through 23rd there will be the annual Jefferson County Fair, at Friendship Park. 

Later on, in the fall, at Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center Constitution Days takes place from September 7th through 19th and Riverboats on the Ohio Exhibit & Program will run from October 4th – 17th.

In early September, the 43rd Annual Festival of the Arts will take place in the Downtown City Commons, Toronto.  Date to be announced.

Then, of course, the Nutcrackers return with Steubenville Lights up the Night on Tuesday November 24th and the Nutcracker Village & Advent Market with Christmas Wonderland runs from November 27th through January 2nd, 2021. 

There are sure to be many more events coming up also, including those that are being rescheduled because of the current health situation.   As more events and dates are released, we will be sure to update you on this website on the calendar and also in the Visitor Center’s Events Email Newsletter, sent out bi-monthly. 

So think ahead and let’s all look forward to better and fun times — ‘Coming Soon’ to a location near you!!

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The Women’s History Month Exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben Now Underway

The Women’s History Month Exhibit opened today, March 2nd at Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center and as part of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, Historic Fort Steuben invites speakers of all ages to give a 2-minute soap box speech for or against the cause as it might have been presented in the early 1900’s.

The Soap Box will be available any time, but they particularly invite speakers to present their speech on Saturday, March 7th.  Participants can schedule a specific time and invite others to attend and listen as well.   Although dressing for the part is not required, it would add to the event.    They have signs and period hats as well as an appropriate backdrop for photos. 

For teachers, there is a lesson plan available that can be used to prepare students to participate.

An exhibit from Ohio History Connection on the development and effects of the 19th Amendment will be on display from March 2-9 .  It was developed so the centennial could be celebrated in all corners of the state and to give a platform for the diverse women of Ohio history to speak.  Most of the exhibit is derived from the women’s own words, so people like Harriet Taylor Upton are telling about their personal experiences.

The exhibit on notable women from Steubenville and Ohio will be on display from March 2 – 13.

To schedule a talk or for more information:

 Call 740.283.1787 or email info@oldfortsteuben.com .

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Women’s History Month Exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben

One hundred years ago, on August 26, women of the United States celebrated the final ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  This year Historic Fort Steuben commemorates that achievement with an exhibit entitled Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change which will be on display from March 2-9, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. An additional exhibit on Women of Steubenville and Ohio will continue until March 13.

This exhibit produced by the Ohio History Connections and Ohio Humanities Council brings the movement up to date. It not only celebrates the efforts of the women who worked for the right to vote, but also highlights the century of women’s activism that followed.

To bring the exhibit to life, girls and women, who visit the exhibit, are invited to get their pictures taken carrying Women’s Suffrage signs before a panorama of 1910 Steubenville. Students are encouraged to develop a three-minute ‘soap box speech’ to be presented when they visit.

The Ohio History Connection exhibit consists of twelve panels and poses thoughtful questions (such as “What does it mean to be a woman?” and “What does voting give you the power to do?”) to historic and contemporary Ohio women in activism. Their answers help the viewer learn that the 19th Amendment was not the end of women’s activism; it was the beginning. Voting enabled women to further their education, pursue careers, change laws, create social service and cultural organizations, and run for office themselves. 

Women’s  right to vote is something taken for granted today. But when our national government was first formed, women did not have that right.  It took over 130 years for the dream of equal voting rights for women to become a reality but not without real struggles. In the days before automobiles, airplanes, telephones and computers, women traveled the country giving lectures, printing leaflets, organizing protests and parades. The efforts and dedication were incredible.

Many of the suffragettes, as they were called, were also active in the movement to end slavery which was finally achieved with the 13th Amendment in 1865. Many of the methods used to promote abolition were then applied to the equal voting rights efforts.

Voting was only part of the issue. Women could not own property in their own name if they were married. They could not leave an abusive husband who had all the property in his name. Women were often considered property rather than equal human beings.

The Nineteenth Amendment was passed by Congress in 1919. Ohio was the fifth state to ratify the amendment on June 16, 1919.

Visitors are invited to view the exhibit of Women’s History Month at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville. For more information call 740-283-1787.

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2nd Annual Sweetheart Chocolate Walk/Drive

Historic Fort Steuben will again be offering the Sweetheart Chocolate Walk, on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00am to 4:00pm in downtown Steubenville.

The process is simple. Purchase a $20 ticket which will entitle the holder to a chocolate treat at each of the participating businesses. After visiting each site, participants will drop off their stamped tickets at the Visitor Center to be eligible for a drawing for a Dinner for Two at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern .

Each business chooses the kind of chocolate treat it will offer so there should be a nice variety to take home. Although there is one treat per ticket offered at each site, a couple or family can participate by sharing the goodies. Many of the sites have additional bargains, too.

Tickets and maps should be obtained at the Visitor Center as soon as possible. Tickets can be reserved by calling 740.283.1787.

Here are the treats offered:

At the Visitor Center: fudge from Renee’s Confections.

Antique Warehouse: Chocolate Candy plus $2 off jar candles/ 10% off sales over $20.

Yorgo’s: Greek pastry.

Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe: Chocolate nutcrackers.

Leonardo’s Coffeeshop: 8oz Hot Chocolate drink.

Steubenville Popcorn Co: Chocolate Popcorn.

BookMarx Bookstore: Chocolate Cupcakes.

The Prodigal Daughter Treasures & Trinkets: Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ohio Valley Handmades: Cracker Candy plus 20% off store-wide.

Froehlich’s Classic Corner: Buckeyes plus Chocolate Martinis $5 (over 21).

Urban Frontier: Homemade Truffles and hot chocolate.

Elite Pro Coaching: Sugar free, low carb chocolate fluff plus app offers.

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Awards presented for the Steubenville Sights & Sounds of Christmas Parade: Nutcracker Magic 2019

The Awards for the 2019 Steubenville Christmas Parade were presented today at the Steubenville Visitor Center and are as follows:-

Non Float Category: 1st Place – Eastern Construction and Excavating; 2nd Place – Steubenville Aladdin Shrine Motor Patrol; 3rd Place – Harding Middle School Band.

Float Category: 1st Place – Boy Scouts of America, Ohio River Valley Council; 2nd Place – First Choice America Federal Credit Union; 3rd Place – Wells Academy-Steubenville City Schools.

Grand Prize: McKinley STEM Academy.

Mayor’s Award: Grand Theater Restoration.

A very special THANK YOU to the many who came to the ceremony today and to all the parade participants who braved the rain on parade day and “Came Anyway” with their extraordinary entries. Their hard work and zeal made the parade a wonderful success and brought joy to many people.

Thank You also to our judges who had the most difficult job of choosing the winners — Beth Rupert-Warren, representing the Kiwanis; Domenick Mucci, representing the Lions Club; and Michael Mehalik, representing the Rotary Club. Good Job!


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The Parade Goes On!

In spite of the inclement weather, the 2019 Steubenville Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade went off with 85 of its 105 entries. We are so grateful for all the faithful participants who showed up, rain gear and all, and put all that extra effort in not letting the day ‘dampen’ their spirits. We are also grateful to the spectators who braved the weather with umbrellas in hand and the attitude of that old saying, “You won’t rain on our parade”. 

We had five great bands, a large variety of creative and very impressive floats, high school homecoming queens, decorated vehicles, walkers, dogs, horses, dance group, the trolley with Steubenville city employees, a beautiful surrey drawn by an equally beautiful black horse carrying representatives of the this year’s Grand Marshal, Steubenville City Schools, and more.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

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Deadline Extended!

If you wish to participate in the Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2019 parade on December 14th at noon in downtown Steubenville we need to get your parade application now. The deadline has been extended to November 15th at 4:00pm. No late fee will be charged if we receive your application by then. The parade has grown in attendance and size over the past few years, so if you want to be a part of the fun and excitement the time to respond is NOW!

Call: Mary @ 740.283.4935 or email: mary@visitsteubenville.com

Santa arriving in 2018 Parade
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Steubenville Christmas Parade has a new Title Sponsor and a deadline approaching!

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade will be sponsored this year by Team Automotive Group. The announcement was made at a press conference at the Steubenville Visitor Center on Friday by Judy Bratten and Mary Snyder of the Visitor Center and Justin Teramana from Team Automotive.

“Team Automotive has made a commitment to the community as part of its business plan,” Teramana explained. “We are pleased to be the title sponsor of this very special event during the holiday season.”

“Thanks” to Team Automotive for their support, as well as the additional sponsorship from Trinity Medical System.   It is wonderful that the sponsors appreciate the parade’s importance to the community and wish to ensure it continues. 

There has been considerable interest this year from entrants who have never been in the parade before. It is always nice to have new faces and this also is a good indication that the scope of the parade is broadening.   

There have been quite a number of applications requested which have not yet been returned and we have not yet heard from some of our ‘regular’ participants.  If you or your organization wish to participate in the parade this year, now is the time to act.     It is a major undertaking to organize the parade, to be sure all the units know where to line up, and to prepare the information for broadcasting so we need those entry forms as soon as possible.

The parade will again be televised live by WTOV9/Fox9 and will include bands, dance troupes, floats, all sorts of vehicles, walking groups, animals, and more. There will be prizes for the most creative floats and entries.

The parade will begin at North Street and continue down Fourth Street to South Street. As the grand finale, Santa will come into town in a unique Steel Tanker Sleigh and greet all those along the route.

For application forms and more information call the Visitor Center at 740-283-4935 or email: mary@visitsteubenville.com

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Local Sheriff to be Honored at Upcoming Dinner

The Mingo Business Association is proud to honor the hardest working sheriff in the Ohio Valley, with a special dinner for Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. Association President Jim Freiling said, “It is time for our organization to recognize the Sheriff for his 33 years of service and dedication to making Jefferson County a safe place to live.” In addition to wearing his Sheriff’s badge, Abdalla has also served as Mayor of the village of Stratton, a Mayor’s Court judge and proudly defended the United States during the Vietnam War, earning several citations and medals.

This testimonial dinner will be held on Sunday, September 8th at the Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors will open at 5 pm, with dinner served at 6 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and $20 for first responders and military veterans and their spouses. Your ticket includes a gourmet dinner and a lively and loving roast of Sheriff Abdalla.

The venue is arranged for open seating, but group tables for 8 to10 people are available if reserved prior. Call Freiling at 740-317-1963 to arrange for group tables, or if you or your business would like to be among the event sponsors. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the official program and all proceeds after expenses will be donated to the local Salvation Army chapter, also in the Sheriff’s honor.

This event is open to everyone. Sheriff Abdalla has touched so many lives. Please join us in recognizing this Ohio Valley hero.

Tickets are available at the following locations:

The Fort Steuben Visitor Center

Tickets are available at the following locations:

The Fort Steuben Visitors Center;  Naples Spaghetti House;  Ferguson’s House of Furniture;  Fort Steuben Mall office;  Abdalla’s Tavern and Steakhouse;  Mingo Junction Village Building; Pesta’s Market;  Mingo Blast Furnace Coffee House;  Prime Time Office on Aging;  Softite Community Federal Credit Union – Mingo Junction

jeffersoncodems.com/fred (for online credit card ticket purchases)

  • or – by calling Jim Freiling at 740-317-1963

Media coverage of this event is welcome.

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Steubenville featured on “My Town Today” website.

Journalist Kristy Burns visited Steubenville in June and has featured the City in an article entitled “Steubenville, OH – Industrial Era Town Re-Invented” on her website ‘My Town Today” . 

Click ‘Continue Reading’ below, then on the link to view this interesting and very well done presentation.


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