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Celebrating our industrial heritage

The Weirton community will be celebrating its history Saturday, and we encourage area residents to join in.

The second-annual Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival will be held throughout the day, with activities planned for in and around the Weirton Event Center.

It will all kick off that morning with the Tin Man 5K Run and Walk, with a course circling its way along Cove Road, Weir Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street.

From there, it will be a day of crafters and vendors, live music, food and artisan demonstrations.

Visitors will be able to see live blacksmithing and glass blowing, learn more about the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center and maybe even purchase a few items from local artists and crafters.

There will be activities for all ages, with a Touch-a-Truck for the kids and the Great Gate 5 Puzzle Hunt, organized by Escape Works, for friends and families to team up and participate in as they explore areas of Weirton’s downtown.

The festival was designed as a celebration of our area’s industrial heritage.

Our area is rich in the history of steel, clay, pottery, glass and other industries. While none are as widespread as they once were, they should be remembered as they formed the foundation of many of our local communities.

Last year’s inaugural festival was deemed a success by many, and we are certain that will continue.

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