Heritage Festival cruises to a close

From staff reports

Oil Heritage Festival 2020 concluded Sunday with a well-attended car cruise-through.

“It went great, people were very nice about the whole thing,” said Venango County Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Susan Williams.

Williams said the cruise-through, which was modified from a traditional car show to an event where drivers stopped to get a commemorative plaque and a picture in front of the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, was attended so well they ran out of plaques in the first 30 minutes.

Events throughout the weekend – such as a bike rodeo and concert held at Oil City high school – also went well, according to Williams.

Williams said “it’s really hard to be proud of things right now,” with how events must change to remain in compliance with COVID-19 mitigation efforts, but said all told the week was something to be happy about.

According to Williams, the weeklong festival may not have brought in much revenue when compared to its predecessors, but said the festival just might have broke even.

“Some of the staff were talking and said this was one of the easiest (Oil Heritage Festivals) we’d done,” Williams said. “Physically, yes, but mentally it was one of the hardest.”