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Good eats: Crowds flock to Weirton Food Truck Festival

FOOD BY THE TRUCKLOADS — Area residents braved the heat Saturday for the Weirton Food Truck Festival, featuring 11 food trucks and one food cart, at the Weirton Event Center. The event was organized as a fundraiser for the Weir High School Class of 2020.

WEIRTON — Despite the high temperatures, area residents showed up Saturday to sample a variety of cuisine from around the world as part of the Weirton Food Truck Festival, hosted by the Weir High Class of 2020.

Attendees were steady throughout the day, according to organizers, who noted there were 11 food trucks and a food cart on site, along with a variety of local vendors selling crafts, beverages, Weir High shirts, face painting and more.

“We planned it as a small event,” explained committee member Michelle D’Amico, noting the group initially thought they might get around six food trucks. “As interest grew, we realized we were going to have to get more.”

The idea came as the parents’ committee for the Class of 2020 was looking to hold a fundraiser.

Committee member Crissy Fierro said she had attended food truck events in Pittsburgh and Youngstown.

“I thought, why couldn’t we have one in Weirton,” Fierro said.

Food available Saturday included selections from hot dogs and other sandwiches, to ice cream, tacos, Mediterranean, Japanese, Indian and African cuisine, chili, pizza and cinnamon rolls.

“We worked hard to make sure we didn’t have any duplicates,” Fierro said.

Entertainment also was scheduled throughout the day, with Dance by Hillary and Casey Sister’s Dance Studio, along with Autumn Duckworth, DC-Acoustic, Shade Ten, Bobby Pizzoferrato and Route 45 taking the stage at the event center.

Organizers also arranged for Mountain Craft Productions to provide digital media coverage, and thanked all of the volunteers for their assistance.

“It’s turned into a great community event,” D’Amico said.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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