Our region has a rich cultural heritage, spanning its populated history. From its original American Indian population, to the first European settlers, to the influx of immigrant steelworkers in the early 1900s, the Ohio Valley has a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds that should always be recognized and celebrated.
That's what makes this weekend special in Weirton with the return of the Festival of Nations. The annual event organized by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center provides a showcase of the foods, dress and traditions of many cultures from around the world.
The festival, currently set to take place at the Millsop Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, will feature presentations representing numerous nationalities, including the United States, China, India, Philippines, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Scotland, Africa, Japan and Poland. There also are plans for a presentation by the Heritage Dance Association of Wheeling, featuring Civil War-era dances to help mark West Virginia's 150th anniversary this June.
A special presentation is planned for the day, with a visit to Weirton by Gretchen and Maisie Weir, the wife and daughter of David Weir.
This is a great event for our area residents, and brings in a good crowd each year. We are sure this year will be no different.
We urge our residents, no matter which town they call home, to consider coming to Weirton this weekend and seeing just what the festival has to offer.
Learn a little about our local heritage, check out some cultural dances and songs, and try a few ethnic dishes.
This is an event that is not to be missed.