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Parkersburg Art Center brings festival to Market Street

Today’s ArtOberfest in downtown Parkersburg has the ingredients to be a fun event.

There will be art, music, food, cars and a forecast calling for sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures.

Activities will be centered in the 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street around the Parkersburg Art Center, sponsor of the event, from 5-10 p.m.

Eleven chalk artists have agreed to draw art in the 800 block of Market beginning at 2 p.m. They will be finished by the time ArtOberfest officially starts at 5 p.m., said Jessie Siefert, managing director of the Parkersburg Art Center.

People can vote for their favorite chalk art drawing, with the winner receiving a prize.

An area will be set up where anyone can try drawing with chalk.

Siefert mentioned that Michelle Waters helped in recruiting artists for the chalk drawing display.

Attendees also can vote for their favorite car, truck or motorcycle in a car show in the 800 block of Market Street. Prizes will be given to the winner.

The chalk art and car shows are new to the downtown festival this year.

Tables will be set up in the center of the 700 block of Market Street for people to sit and enjoy a meal. Tables will be decorated with pumpkins and lanterns, Siefert said.

Food vendors will be Parkersburg Brewing Company, which is providing a special menu of German food; Auntie Anne’s and DiCarlo’s Pizza, Siefert said. On nearby Seventh Street, Unity Cafe and Gyro King will be open until 8 p.m. for festival-goers, she said.

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Seventeen out of about 85 people attending Thursday evening’s Mystery Dinner at American Legion Post 15 in Parkersburg correctly guessed the murderer.

The 1945 movie “Scared Stiff,” starring Jack Haley and Ann Savage, was shown on the big screen at the American Legion Post 15 during the Voices for Children Foundation — CASA murder mystery film and dinner benefit.

“Everyone loved the movie,” said CASA Program Director Margaret Burdette. “It was about a newspaper reporter.” The name of the older movie isn’t revealed before the event.

A woman visiting the area from South Dakota won the prize of an overnight stay and dinner at the Blennerhassett Hotel for guessing correctly the murderer in the whodunit film. Those correctly guessing the murderer had their names placed in a basket and the winning ballots were drawn from there.

Outback Steakhouse provided the steak or chicken dinner, at no cost to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), for the 15th annual fundraiser.

Participants sat at tables to watch the movie while eating dinner.

Burdette said she selected “Scared Stiff” because of its plot, which included some comedy, and the film had good “stopping points” for getting food and guessing the murderer.

More than $3,000 was raised at the dinner. Proceeds provide “direct services for children that have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect,” Burdette said.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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