WEIRTON - A crowd of area residents filled the Serbian-American Cultural Center Tuesday to learn more about what some of the Upper Ohio Valley's business community has to offer.
Approximately 50 businesses were on hand for the annual Top of West Virginia Showcase and Taste of the Valley event, sponsored through a cooperative effort by the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Those in attendance were welcomed by Dan Greathouse, executive director of the CVB, who noted the variety of businesses set up for the evening.
"We thank all of the vendors that have come out and all our guests," Greathouse said.
Businesses from across Hancock and Brooke counties in West Virginia, and even from Jefferson County in Ohio, were on hand, showcasing some of their products and services.
Some of those businesses and organizations on hand included local hotels the Holiday Inn and the Fairfield Inn and Suites, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center showing off its latest documentary project, Cindy's Fusion Fitness and Newbrough Photo.
Approximately 50 businesses were on hand Tuesday at the Serbian-American Cultural Center for the annual Top of West Virginia Showcase and Taste of the Valley, sponsored by the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce. -- Craig Howell
Among the highlights of the evening was a series of performances by the Weir High School cheerleaders, who helped to rally the crowd. -- Craig Howell
Several local eateries, including the Serbian-American Cultural Center, provided food samples for those in attendance at Tuesday's event. -- Craig Howell
Food vendors on hand included the Serbian-American Cultural Center, which presented its make-you-own-pasta table, The BBQ House and Wine and Beverage Merchants.
Weirton Chamber President Brenda Mull said she was pleased with the response from the community.
"It makes the businesses feel good," she said.
Additional photos from the event can be viewed through our CU page: http://cu.heraldstaronline.com/Events/2013-Top-of-WV-Showcase/32670767_Lgr2zn#!i=2837473929&k=WL4MkX9
The evening also included performances by the Weir High cheerleading squad and a drawing for several door prizes.
Many of the businesses on hand also had giveaway items for those in attendance.
The event initially started as two separate activities, but was combined several years ago.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)