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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As we celebrate and enjoy the festivities tomorrow let us remember all our heroes past and present who have and continue to insure our freedom.


Here is the schedule of events for the Fourth of July in Steubenville: (Please note that the new rain date for the Steubenville Fireworks is JULY 11th).

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Civil War Tour of Steubenville’s Historic Union Cemetery

Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Visitor Center will host a tour of the Civil War section of Steubenville’s Historic Union Cemetery led by Jeff Evans, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6pm.  The tour will focus on the critical months of May, June and July of 1863.

“During those months, the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg were fought, engaging hundreds of Upper Ohio Valley men in the conflicts,” explained Evans.  “The War impacted the Upper Ohio Valley also at that time with the infamous Confederate Morgan’s Raiders that were the area in the summer of 1863.”

The tour will focus on the men and women from the Upper Ohio Valley who shaped and were impacted by the battles and the war, some of whom are interred at Union Cemetery.  Evans, an educator, speaker and native of Wintersville, has been interested in Civil War history for many years, previously working as a National Park Ranger with the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park.

Participants will meet at the Jefferson County Civil War Memorial in Union Cemetery located at 1720 Sunset Blvd. at 6pm.  A suggested donation of $5 per person will be asked.  For more information and a map of the cemetery, contact Historic Fort Steuben, 740-283-1787 or info@oldfortsteuben.com.

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It’s Farmers’ Market Time!

One of our favorite things about this time of year is the anticipation of nutritious fresh fruit and veggies being available locally for all to enjoy!  It is still a little early for some of our favorites like corn and tomatoes but there is lettuce, spinach, onions, radishes and the like available now.

Today is the opening day of the Farmers’ Gateway Market.  The market is located in the side parking lot of Eastern Gateway Community College.   Some of the vendors expected on this first day are West Wind Farm, Foster Fluharty Farms, Kinsey’s Spring Valley Farm, Spring Valley Stock Farms and Fowler Hill Farm.  The market opens at 4:30pm and closes at 6:30pm

For more information, or to obtain a vendor packet, please contact the Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District at (740)264-9790 or visit www.jeffersonswcd.org and/or



Then in just 2 weeks the Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market will open for the season. The Downtown Market is located at the corner of South Fourth and South Streets and the hours are 8:00am until 1:00pm.   The first day of the market is Thursday, June 20th and it will be open every Thursday through October 31st (weather permitting).

Favorite vendors who have been selling at this market for years, actually decades, are coming, including Angiuli Farms, Russells Produce and Woolf Farms, also signed up to come back is RnR Farms and Lynn’s Goodies & Gifts.    There are several first time vendors signed up as well, including more baked goods.

In addition, this year the Jefferson County Board of Health is planning to be on site doing vitals and giving out information.  Family Recovery Center is also coming with information and handouts.

For more information call Mary at the Steubenville Visitor Center (740.283.4935) or email: mary@visitsteubenville.com


Visit the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/steubenvilledowntownmarket/


If you don’t eat healthy these coming months, you have no one to blame but yourself!!





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Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series

The May 30th concert featuring  No Bad JuJu has been rescheduled to AUGUST 8th due to inclement weather.

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June is Jumping with Festivals!

As the month of June quickly approaches it is the perfect time to look at all the upcoming Festivals and activities and ‘save the dates’ so you don’t miss anything!

The month will start off with the annual Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Old Fort Steuben on June 1st and 2nd.  You have the opportunity to meet the soldiers, surveyors, settlers and Native Americans who were part of our 18th century heritage at this festival and enjoy food, music, crafts and fun for the whole family.  Hours are Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.  Admission is Adults $6, Youth 6-12 $3 and under 6 years free.

Also on June 1st is the Calvary Community MBC Bazaar at Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church,  255 South 7th Street.  The hours for the Bazaar are 9am – 4pm.  Buy, sell and enjoy an atmosphere of inclusiveness and fun for everyone.  Table space is $25.  For more information contact Brother Willie Hilson @ 845.775.8001 or Sister DeSaree Marshall @ 740.274.9435.

The Fort Steuben Concert Series on June 6th features Pocket Change (Classic Soul & Pop) and The Stickers (Country Rock).   This free concert begins at 7pm at the Berkman Amphitheater, 120 South 3rd Street.

On June 7th is First Friday on Fourth with this month’s theme being Frontier Days.  Food, live entertainment, crafts and games will be taking place on Fourth Street from 6pm – 11pm.

The annual 2019 Grecian Food Festival runs from June 11th through June 14th at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 South Fourth Street with authentic Greek food, entertainment and crafts.  For more information call 740.283.9164.

The live June 13th Fort Steuben Concert at the Berkman Amphitheater, features Vince Villanova Big Band at 7pm and Bob Morelli Dean Martin Tribute at 8pm.   After the concert, stick around and check out Astronomy Outreach Night at Fort Steuben Park with Zach Coldebella.

From June 13th through the 15th, the annual Dean Martin Festival will be taking place at The Spot Bar, 217 South 4th Street, with live entertainment, food and drinks.  Thursday is the Dean Martin Karaoke Contest, Friday and Saturday Bob Morelli as Dean Martin, and Dave Salara as Frank Sinatra and Chris Denem as Neil Diamond.   Saturday afternoon is The Frank Gallo Band.  For information call:  740.283.9164.

On June 15th the annual Dean Martin Hometown Celebration takes place.  Starting off the day is the 5th Annual Dino Dash 5K Run and 1 Mile Martin Meander with Run starting at 9am, Walk at 9:15am and Kids 1K Run at 9:45am.   From 10am – 8pm at Fort Steuben Park and on South 3rd Street, enjoy a classic car cruise, trolley tours through historic downtown with a stop at the Jefferson County Historical Museum which has a Dean Martin Room, mini train rides for kids and adults, Nick’s Balloon Art, Kurt James Fun n Games, food and craft vendors and more.   Also enjoy 3 live concerts at the Berkman Amphitheater located in Fort Steuben Park featuring Flashback; Joe Scallisi, a Dean Martin Tribute Artist and Beatlemania Magic.  The day concludes with a dance on North Fourth Street.      For more information call 740.283.4935.

June 20th Fort Steuben Concert Series at the Berkman Amphitheater features Stevee Wallons (Rock & Soul) and Bill Toms & Hard Rain (Rhythm & Blues).  The concert begins at 7pm and admission is free.

The Juneteenth Festival celebrating African American Heritage takes place June 21st  at 3pm and June  22nd  at 12pm at the Second Baptist Church, 717 Adams Street.  Juneteenth is the oldest national celebrated commemoration of ending slavery in the United States.  For more information call 740.282.4949.

The Jefferson County Relay for Life which takes place at the Clark Hinkle Stadium, 720 North River Ave., Toronto begins at 6pm on June 21st and runs until 9am June 22nd.  For more information or how to join call Tracy @ 740.509.0196.

Yet another free live Concert at Fort Steuben Berkman Amphitheater takes place on June 27th featuring Magic Moments at 7pm and With Elvis! at 8pm.  Remember all concerts are subject to change due to weather.

Please follow the Events Calendar on this website for information on events as it become available.


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With the advent of in-home entertainment and internet programming, the opportunity of experiencing a drive-in movie has all but disappeared.

But not in Wintersville, Ohio where one of only 317 drive-in movie theaters in the country still offers this unique form of entertainment.

The Winter Drive-In at 400 Luray Drive (just off Rt. 43) opens on Friday, April 26 with “Avengers End Game” on its huge outdoor screen. From the comfort of their autos, viewers can watch top-rated movies at the cost of $8.50 for adults and $4.00 for children.

This year will the Winter Drive-In will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the weekend of August 10 and 11. On one of the screens they will feature the original opening day movies from 1969: “With Six You Get Egg Roll” starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson and “Charro” starring Elvis Presley – at the same opening date prices.

The Winter Drive-In prides itself in having high quality food and beverages in its concession stand. As with most theaters, the income from the food concessions is a major revenue source for the many costs associated with operating.

But movies are not the only entertainment to be enjoyed at Winter Drive-In. There will be various events throughout the season and special discounts such as free admission for moms on Mothers’ Day and dads on Fathers’ Day, a Classic Car Show and Halloween Trunk and Treat.

On May 11, the drive-in will feature a cult classic horror show and July 13 will have Christmas in July with “an ugly t-shirt contest.”

Season movie passes are available as well as party packages for both kids and adults.

More information can be found at the website: www.winterdrivein.com 

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