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Weirton Food Truck Festival on July 20

PROMOTING FESTIVAL — Weir High School Class of 2020 members working on signs to promote the “Food Truck Festival” to be held from noon to 10 p.m. on July 20 at the Weirton Event Center, 3322 East St., Weirton, are, from left, Sophia Mikula, Haley Fierro and Olivia Bernola. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — What started out as a small fundraiser for the Weir High School Class of 2020 has grown into “a huge community event.”

And that makes class organizers of the “Food Truck Festival” excited about the first-time event to be held from noon to 10 p.m. on July 20 at the Weirton Event Center, located at 3322 East St., Weirton.

Admission is free to the public and will feature 13 food trucks from the Tri-State Area, serving barbecue, hot dogs, wood-fired pizza, sushi, hot sandwiches, ice cream, tacos, nachos, gyros and more, according to event organizers.

There also will be live entertainment throughout the day, 30 product/craft vendors, face painting, balloon animals and an inflated Super Slide.

The Renaissance Weirton Corp., meanwhile, will be selling beer at the event, which is a first at the event center with an ID station to make the lines go quickly, according to event planners.

“The plan was to have six food trucks and a handful of vendors,” explained Crissy Fierro, one of the committee members leading the event. “But after we posted the event on Facebook, the interest just kept growing by the hundreds with every food truck so we added more. The variety of food trucks there will not disappoint,” Fierro said.

Food trucks on board to participate include: Taters — sandwiches, fries and deep-fried treats; Smoke Worx Street Cuisine — pretzels, fries and tacos loaded with pork and brisket; Revival Chili — chili bowls with rice and cornbread, vegan chili, burgers and more; Hot Bunz — fresh baked cinnamon rolls and Bavarian pretzels with cheese; Road Runner Dawgs — hot dogs, burgers, sausages or meatball subs and more; Tasty Taquitos — burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, tacos and more; Brusters — ice cream, banana splits and brownie sundaes; Mobile Chef — menu options from around the world; Evil Swine — pulled pork, nachos and brisket; La Bella Margherita — brick oven artisan pizzas and toasted hoagies; Just Roll’d Up — California rolls, firecracker tuna rolls and poke bowls; Alternative Food Truck — lamb burgers, patty melts and more; and Ash & Kris Kitchen — gyros, grape leaves, falafel and rice and baklava.

To follow the event and view menus for the food trucks, search on Facebook for 2019 Weirton Food Truck Festival.

There will be free parking available at the Millsop Community Center as well as parking in many lots near the event center. Weirton Transit is offering a complimentary shuttle from the community center lot to the event center for handicapped and others who may need it.

The event is rain or shine, and there will be seating for 500, with much of that in the shade in the event that it’s a hot day.

Not only will there will be a variety of food but also entertainment, according to organizers, who encourage attendees to “bring your folding chairs to enjoy the live entertainment throughout the day.”

The entertainment schedule is: Dance by Hillary Dance Studio, 12:30-1:15 p.m.; Casey Sister’s Dance Studio, 1:30-2:15 p.m.; Autumn Duckworth, 2:30-3 p.m.; DC – Acoustic, 3:15-4:15 p.m.; Shade Ten, 4:45-6:15 p.m.; Bobby Pizzoferrato, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and Route 45, 8-9:30 p.m.

“The class is hoping for this to become an annual event with other classes taking it over year after year but more importantly an opportunity for the community to come together,” Fierro noted. The class will use proceeds from this event to help pay for prom and other senior activities. There are 60 student and parent volunteers who will be on hand that day cleaning up, selling drinks, working the popcorn and cotton candy stands and running drawings, including a 50-50 drawing.

“We have had great support from community businesses for this event” said committee member Michelle D’Amico. “Not only do we have a wonderful list of sponsors who have generously donated, but we also have partnered with NC Sportz who has donated our volunteer shirts for us; Weirton Rental, who is providing us a large tent and a free inflated super slide for the kids; and Mountain Craft Productions, who is doing our video and social media during the event. I am just blown away by the generosity of so many,” D’Amico said.

“A huge thank you goes out to all of our sponsors. Without them, this event would not be possible,” D’Amico said.

Platinum sponsors are Mountain Craft Productions, True North LLC, Weirton Medical Center, J. Austin Heating and Cooling, Ella Vape, Hall Concrete, Gugliemo Investments, Summers Enterprises, Weirton Rental Center and NC Sportz. Gold sponsors are Assure America, Missy Mikula Realtor, Howard Hanna Mortimer Realty, First Choice America, Dr. John Schultz Family First Healthcare, JJ Guida Airport Realty and PS Marketing.

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