WEIRTON - The Festival of Nations is ready to make its return Saturday, bringing a variety of ethnic entertainment, information and food to the Millsop Community Center.
The sixth-annual event, sponsored by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, will get underway at 10:45 a.m. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., and admission is free.
The Festival of Nations will begin with the "Parade of Nations," involving a processional representing many of the nationalities represented during the event.
HERITAGE HONORED — Performances from a variety of cultural backgrounds will be featured Saturday during the sixth-annual Festival of Nations, set for 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Millsop Community Center. -- File Photo
The schedule of events for the Festival of Nations includes:
10:45 a.m. Tri-State Young Marines Color Guard
10:50 a.m. Singing of the national anthem by Sheena Chopra, followed by the Parade of Nations
10:55 a.m. Remarks by museum president Dennis Jones and Weirton Mayor George Kondik
11 a.m. Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (Ukraine)
11:15 a.m. Yanlai Dance Academy (China)
11:30 a.m. Nandanik Dance Academy (India)
11:50 a.m. Grecian Odyssey Dancers (Greece)
12:10 p.m. Victoria Gerst
12:20 p.m. St. Joseph School
12:35 p.m. PAPAGP Group (Philippines)
12:50 p.m. Sneha Gupta (India dances)
1 p.m. Sofia-Teresa and Lucia DiBacco (Italian songs)
1:10 p.m. PAPAGP Group (Philippines)
1:25 p.m. Dr. J.K. Luthra
1:30 p.m. Oglebay Institute Youth Folk Dancers (Germany, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Russia, Slovakia)
1:45 p.m. Sheena Chopra
1:50 p.m. Nila Boyd (Scotland)
2 p.m. Italian American Cultural Club (Italy)
2:15 p.m. Oglebay Institute Promenaders (Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Scotland)
2:35 p.m. Tom Zielinsky (Poland)
2:45 p.m. FAAP Group (Philippines)
3 p.m. Basket drawing
Many ethnic foods and desserts will be on sale, along with items from the Weirton museum.
A gift basket drawing will be held in the afternoon, and organizers said the winner must be in attendance.
The event will conclude at 3 p.m.