WEIRTON - Plans are moving forward for this year's Fourth of July parade and annual summertime festival in the city of Weirton.
The Renaissance Weirton Committee, which is organizing the newly renamed "Summerfest," is working to put together a day of family fun and festivities set to take place on July 4 to keep with the tradition of the area holiday celebration.
Chairman Gus Monezis said the committee has had some new ideas for the event - previously known as the Renaissance Weirton Festival - and the committee is hoping to draw more families in for the activities planned for the day.
Some of the new activites include an early morning 5-K walk/run downtown prior to the parade, possibly a flea market at the Cove Event Center, a display of exotic animals and re-introducing the "Weir's the Mic?" talent show.
"This is going to be an all day thing where people can come down for the walk, stay for the parade and the festival and the fireworks," said Monezis. "We want to draw people early and make sure there is enough to do so they'll want to stay all day."
Millicent Zack, the committee secretary, said area vendors would not be signing up until the very last minute for the annual festival.
She said there is always a good turnout and vendors do well in Weirton around that time. She said the Weirton Police Department intends to make its way back with the dunk tank where people will have the chance to sink a Weirton officer.
"It's always a big hit with the crowd and it raises money for a good cause," said Zack.
Also making a return will be the antique car show, the 50/50 drawing and live entertainment.
Monezis said the bands booked for the day include the Weirton Community Players, Anthony Thomas Band, The Joseph Sisters, Original Fantasies and Legend.
Following the entertainment, he said they are hoping the crowds stick around long enough for the fireworks which will conclude the day.
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