WEIRTON - Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Dan Greathouse declared this year's Top of West Virginia Showcase and Taste of the Valley a success.
The annual event took place Tuesday at the Serbian American Cultural Center, with approximately 60 vendors on hand to discuss some of their products and even pass out a few samples.
The event is held as a cooperative effort between the CVB and the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce.
"It's good for the community," Greathouse said.
A variety of businesses were on hand Tuesday, with restaurants like Pier 12, Eat 'n Park, Bob Evans, Ponderosa and Fox's Pizza handing out samples of their food.
Homer Laughlin China provided holiday ornaments for visitors, while others sold jewelry, jars of jelly and jam, handbags and other items. Many businesses advertised special offers on their services, while others promoted upcoming events.
SAMPLES GIVEN — Homer Laughlin China was among the approximately 60 area businesses taking part in the showcase Tuesday, handing out special ornaments to guests. Many of the businesses who took part had samples of their products for those interested. -- Craig Howell
CHEERLEADERS PERFORM — The Weir High School cheerleaders perform a cheer during the showcase Tuesday. Cheer squads from Weir and Brooke High were on hand as part of a special competition set up for the Top of West Virginia Showcase, with Weir named the winners with the highest number of adults in attendance to support them. -- Craig Howell
Weirton Chamber President Brenda Mull noted the Showcase is a great opportunity for area businesses to feature some of their products, and for residents to be reminded of some of what is available in the Ohio Valley.
"It's good for people to know what we have," Mull said.
An addition to this year's showcase was a cheering competition, with the winner decided by the squad who had the highest number of adults in attendance to show their support.
More photographs from the Top of West Virginia Showcase/Taste of the Valley can be viewed through the CU portion of this website.
Squads from Weir High School and Brooke High School competed, although Mull explained invitations had been extended to the cheerleaders from Weirton Madonna and Oak Glen as well. Each competing squad was given $100 for attending.
The Weir High cheerleaders were named the winners, receiving an additional $100 for having the most supporters.
This was the third year for the two events to be held together. The Showcase traditionally has been held in October, providing an opportunity for residents to learn more about businesses in Hancock and Brooke counties. Taste of the Valley started in 2007, originally held at the Millsop Community Center.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)