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Festival to Benefit Paden City

By Ed Parsons - Editor | Oct 21, 2020

The Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau this past week announced it would be the new organizer of the annual Marble Festival which has been a staple of the community of Sistersville for the past 20 years. The Visitors and Convention Bureau will replace Jim King, a Sistersville resident and businessman following his retirement this year as the event organizer.

Along with new organizers for the festival, it will also have a new home with the event moving from the streets of Sistersville to Paden City Park a short four miles North. Paden City is home to one of the largest Marble Factories in the world, and is nearby other glass and marble factories which have a rich history of glassmaking in our region.

“We believe this is a good move for the event and will also be a boost to Paden City which has one of the top parks along the Ohio river,” said Paden City Mayor Rick Casteel.

We are in agreement with the move and with the Mayors statement. Paden City’s Park is located on a one mile track of land along the Ohio River, and includes a campground, marina to launch boats, fishing, and a one mile walking trail. There is an abundance of parking available and it is within walking distance from the entire community.

The park has a stage for entertainment and large areas for vendors to display their items for sale. The Convention and Visitors Bureau said they hope to continue the Marble Fest’s tradition of craftsmanship, art, and camaraderie.

According to Marble Fest organizers the event has had, and will continue to have, free set-up for marble and glass vendors, as well as free admission for patrons. The 2021 festival is set for September 24-26, 2021.

We here at the local Newspaper believe this is a good move for all involved, it will not only give Paden City residents a quality festival for its citizens, but one that everyone in the valley and beyond can enjoy. We commend the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Paden City’s Park and Pool Commission for working together to make this happen.