WEIRTON As the Independence Day weekend approaches, plans for the Renaissance Weirton Festival are settling into place.
On July 2, following the city's Independence Day Parade, held in memory of Jimmy Kum this year, the Renaissance Weirton Festival will begin with an opening ceremony presided by former Hancock County Commissioner John Sorrenti.
Gus Monezis, event chairman, said U.S. Kids are set to headline the festival on July 2.
The band is from the Steubenville area and consists of Carlo Volhl on guitar, Bobby Pizzoferrato on bass and vocals, Greg McIltrot on the drums and vocals and Johnny DiCarlo on vocals and keyboards.
Other entertainment for the day will include the Martin Luther King Memorial Mass Choir, Weirton Woman's Club, Anthony Thomas Band, the Joseph Sisters and Ditch.
"We've got some great talent to showcase this year," said Monezis.
Those looking to attend the festival will have an opportunity to browse a car cruise featuring classic cars along Main Street near Ferguson Tire and First Choice America Federal Credit Union, said Monezis.
There also will be a variety of local vendors selling food, crafts, jewelry and other items.
Kurt James Fun and Games will be returning with new attractions for children. Nick Busick will also be returning with the weight-lifting contest.
"This is such a great event each year and this year will be no different," he said.
"Thousands of people attend the festival throughout the day. We expect a good turnout again this year."
Those involved in organizing the Weirton Renaissance Festival will once again be selling tickets for the 50/50 drawing before and during the day of the festival.
Another feature, according to Monezis, will be a dunk booth with Weirton Police officers agreeing to serve as targets to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.