Keeping the tradition going

The Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Picnic is taking place Saturday, bringing with it a local tradition that can be traced to generations of Weirton area steelworkers.

In its 73rd year, the picnic, to be held at the Serbian Picnic Grounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., once again will draw current and past steelworkers — men and women — with at least 25 years of employment in the Weirton mill. It is a tradition that traces its history to some of the earliest days of Weirton Steel Corp. as a way for the company to honor the dedication of its employees.

The Weirton Steel of old may be gone, with much of the mill no longer operating, but it is good to know this event is able to continue, thanks to the efforts of the club’s leadership and several sponsoring businesses and organizations.

The 25-Year Club Picnic is an opportunity for many former steelworkers to reconnect with their co-workers, some of whom return to the area from all across the country specifically for this event.

It is a chance to share stories, catch up on each other’s lives and remember their various experiences, whether under the name of Weirton Steel, National Steel, ISG or ArcelorMittal.

It is an important part of our community, for our history, our culture and, most importantly, for those who attend.

We thank those who take time to organize or contribute to it each year and hope it is able to continue for some time to come.

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