Concert to help mark state’s 150th

WEIRTON – There will be more than music available during Friday’s installment of the Summer Sizzle concert series at the Weirton Event Center.

This week’s concert is set to feature area bluegrass group Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys, but the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau is bringing in a few extras in honor of West Virginia’s 150th birthday.

Gates will open at 6 p.m., with festivities set to begin with a balloon launch shortly before 7 p.m.

“We’ll have 150 blue and gold balloons,” CVB Executive Director Danny Greathouse said.

Jake Curtis will then take the stage to perform the national anthem before the main event begins.

In addition, those in attendance will have the opportunity to pick up a special West Virginia Sesquicentennial keychain, and two individuals – one child and one adult – will have a chance to win an iPad, provided by the CVB.

Guests also will be able to partake in a special West Virginia-shaped cake created by Gus’s Goodies.

Greathouse explained many guests also will be in attendance Friday night.

“We have all the elected officials invited,” Greathouse said.

The night will be capped off with a fireworks display.

The Summer Sizzle concert series will continue June 28 with performances by Bone Daddy and Easy Street, and then the annual Wheeling Symphony performance on July 5.

The series then will take a couple weeks off before returning July 26, with Spinning Jenny and U.S. Kids; Aug. 2 with Route 45 and the Joseph Sisters; and the final concert Aug. 9 featuring Beatlemania Magic.

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