WEIRTON - The Festival of Nations is set to return on Aug. 18 at the Weirton Event Center.
The public is invited to the free event, in its fourth year, from noon to 6 p.m. to experience the melting pot of cultures represented in the Weirton area. The Weirton Museum and Cultural Center revived the annual Festival of Nations, an event last held in the 1930s and 1940s, in 2009 to commemorate the city's 100th anniversary.
Dr. J.K. Luthra, event chair, said there will be representations of the American Frontier Days and various nationalities including India, the Phillipines, Germany, Greece, Africa, Italy, Russia, Serbia, China, Ireland and Vietnam through the ethnic foods, music, displays and other entertainment.
Plans are being finalized for the fourth-annual Festival of Nations set to take place at the Weirton Event Center from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 18. The festival will feature ethnic food, displays and entertainment throughout the day. Pictured in front from left are Despina Melonas, Pam Makricosta and Dr. J.K. Luthra. In back are Bob Shirer, Lea Shirer, Dennis Jones, Dr. Dolly Luthra and Joe Stankiewicz. -- Angelina Dickson
"There will be something of interest for everyone in the family," he said during the final planning meeting held on Thursday. "It's going to be fantastic. We're going to have plenty of food and entertainment throughout the day."
Attendees will have the choice of bringing their own chairs, something Luthra said the event planners are encouraging, but there will be some seating under tents available during the event as well. He said the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitor's Bureau is assisting the group in offsetting some of the costs of the event, which is expected to draw visitors from throughout the Tri-State Area, including Wheeling, Mingo Junction and Pittsburgh.
The line up for the festival includes a Parade of Nations, opening ceremonies and comments, performances from the Young Marines, Carrie Oliver, Sheena Chopra, a Philippino dance group, Indian Dance, Irish dances, the Black Slanley Band, Victoria Gerst, German dances, Kingdom Children, square dances by Mountain Express Band of Beallsville, Ohio, Theresa DiBacco, a Greek dance group and Mary Leah Clark and Bill Clark singing gospel.
Some of the vendors represented will be Caleodis with Greek food and sausages, Gus's Goodies, India-Taj Mahal Restaurant, Ma and Pa Kettle Corn, Mount Olive Church, Philoptochos, Philppines, Serbian American Cutural Center, St. Nicholos Russian Orthodox Church, Huu Do Vietnamese food and water and beverages from the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
Display tables will include American Jewelry by Diane Camilletti, India, magician Nick Gallias, Daughters of the American Revolution, Boys Scout Troup 334, Greece, Native Americans, Italy, Poland, Philippines, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center and more.
There will be free parking at the Millsop Community Center and the West Virginia State Building with free shuttle service from the parking lot to the Weirton Event Center.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)