Rubberneck Tour switching gears for first time in 45 years


An annual Ohio Valley staple event is switching gears for the first time in 45 years.

It started as a farm tour, but this year the Rubberneck Tour will concentrate on landmarks along the Ohio River.

"That event started as an agricultural tour, and unfortunately we do have less working farms in the area, so we've kind of had to adjust," said Barb Balliant, Belmont County tourism executive director.

The 45th annual free drive-it-yourself rubberneck tour will now highlight the eastern half of Belmont County.

“We're excited to have that going along the Ohio River down Route 7, starting in Yorkville at the Pike Island Lock and Dam, and we're going to have nine stops, with the last stop being down in Bellaire at the Barn and Furniture that's been around for years and years," Balliant said.

The tour is slated for Noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.

It's just the start of a packed holiday agenda for Belmont County tourism.

"We do have a lot of neat things coming up,” Balliant said. “Powhatan's working on their Christmas in the Village, which will be Nov. 11. The Victorian Mansion Museum in Barnesville is going to be having their teas and their open houses with that beautiful display that they have our there.

“Even though we have a change in the season, we still have a lot of events and attractions to see here in Belmont County.”

And for the first time, the city of Martins Ferry is working on a Winterfest, where the downtown will be turned into a snowy area.

More to come on that as the holidays get closer.

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