WEIRTON - The annual Festival of Nations, a celebration of Weirton's heriage, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m . March 15 at the Millsop Community Center.
The event originally was observed in the early years of the city as a celebration of the community's diverse ethnic background. It was recreated in 2009 by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, and includes an afternoon of food and entertainment reflective of several cultures which have called the area home.
"The response has been good," said Dr. J.K. Luthra, chair of the festival committee, noting the final couple of weeks prior to the event have been busy with finalizing plans.
READY FOR FESTIVAL — Members of the planning committee for this year’s Festival of Nations stand in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center. The center will, once again, be home to the festival when it takes place March 15. - Craig Howell
According to Luthra, this year's festival will include representation of more than 20 nationalities and groups, with performers coming from Pittsburgh, Wheeling, and many other towns in the Ohio Valley.
Dances and music representing the nations of China, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Scotland and others are scheduled to be showcased, as will performances by pupils at St. Joseph the Worker Grade School.
Various cultural displays will be set up and several types of ethnic food will be available for purchase.
The festival is free of charge and open to the public.
For information, go online to www.weirtonmuseum.com.