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Oil Heritage Festival Preparations Underway – Get Involved Now!

Forty-one years of Oil Heritage Festival have been celebrated by the community, because of generous sponsors and volunteers.  Planning happens almost year round, but your Chamber is now in full tilt;—securing entertainment contracts, reserving venues, and preparing for all the promotion for the 2019 OHF.  Now is the time to let us know if you’d like to support the festival and your help can come in many ways. 

Financial sponsorship assures that we can hire the musicians, print the programs, and provide the awards and prizes for events going on within the festival.  Regardless of how much, every donation is appreciated and is your vote of confidence that you value community celebration.  We often hear that businesses or community members are ready to get involved and wish to add a new event or come and volunteer during the festival.  This is a great way to get to know your community better.  Let us know if we can find a job for you.  We can use you for a short time or fully immerse you in the festival experience.

We understand that many small businesses have a modest amount of time and money to give, but still want to be connected.  We’ll be collecting items or complete baskets for our raffle once again and will have placemat advertising available.  Believe it or not, deadlines for our print materials are quickly approaching. You’ll find more information about sponsorship and advertising in the insert in this newsletter. Let us know if we can help you find the best way to get involved in Oil Heritage Festival this year.

Read about the festival and find printable and online forms on our website at or

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s May 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Wanango Golf Club: Where Family is Everything

Like most long standing businesses in Venango County, Wanango Country ClubWanango1 has seen many changes over the past two decades.  Historically a private golf club, the venture into a public-private model has brought opportunity along with challenges.  Recently, under new ownership, the club is sporting a new energy and staff, excited to invite you to see the Club at its best.

Manager Mark London proudly remarks: “The golf course is back to its original quality condition. It is the best it has ever been!”

Wanango continues to offer the option of membership, which provides a number of exclusive benefits, including reserved tee times and member gatherings.  A newly remodeled pool is anticipated to be available for members in the future. Mark comments: “Young families are so busy these days and we want to offer a place where they can bring the kids and enjoy a day of recreation and great food, easily accessible to both the Franklin and Oil City communities.”

Wanango has long been a choice location for special events, including weddings and private parties, which are overseen by Jess and Alexa. Renovations throughout the facility include remodeled restrooms and locker rooms, with plans for dining room and deck improvements.

Among the newest on staff are chefs Eric and Kate Krupitzer. Eric, who began his career 22 years ago at Wanango2Wanango, is happy to be back and overseeing the kitchen.

“We are willing to tailor our meals to special requests, but have developed a menu that seems to be very appealing to customers,” he said. “Along with typical grill room faire such as burgers, we are now offering more variety in our daily menu.”

Tuesdays are ladies days on the golf course and provide an opportunity to customize the lunch with souffles and delicious desserts. While Eric is working from decades of experience, Kate, new to the business, is currently studying the art of cooking and Wanango customers are fortunate to be among the first to try her creations, which often appear as works of art. The two are often accompanied by Eric’s daughter, Alexa (pictured at left).

“The crest of Wanango says ‘familia omnia’ or ‘family is everything’,” Eric said. “This is shown both behind the scenes and to our customers.”

The Venango Chamber will once again hold the annual Golf Scramble at Wanango, on June 26, which has moved to a new month this year.Wanango3

Golf committee chairman Carol Williams suggested the change. “We are hoping we’ll have those who regularly golf with us, but additionally welcome the many visitors who are back in town for class and family reunions during Oil Heritage Festival,” she said.

 The outing is open to all, with registration available online at or by contacting the Chamber at 676-8521.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

2009 Festival in Review

It’s hard to believe that another Oil Heritage Festival is behind us. Most of the events from years past were held as usual and a few new events were added.  The first ever “Chalk the Bridge” was held during the Oil Heritage Festival Parade.  FLEX held the Second Annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.

Despite a forcast of rain for the entire festival most events were spared the expected downpours.   Crowds enjoyed a supurb parade, craft show, concerts in the park, car show and many other family friendly activities.  Check out our pictures of many of the weeks events and videos on the chamber’s YouTube site.  If you have pictures to share and stories to tell, we’d enjoy hearing about them.

Oil Heritage Festival Basket Raffle

Each year the Chamber holds the Oil Heritage Festival Basket Raffle.  Always a favorite fund raising event, the Basket Raffle gives Festival goers the chance to win beautiful gift packages valued at $200-over $500. Chamber members and Community business donated all of the items, which include promotional items, merchandise and gift certificates.  The baskets can be viewed at Oil Heritage Festival Headquarters beginning Saturday, July 18th and each evening during festival, in Justus Park. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 7.  The winners will be drawn Sunday evening, during the finale concert.  Winners need not be present.

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