WEIRTON - The third-annual Festival of Nations sponsored by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will be held on April 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weirton Millsop Community Center. Admission is free.
The event will include a variety of ethnic food, music, dancing and displays representing the diverse cultures represented by the residents of Weirton.
Entertainment will include: Yanlai Dance Academy, representing China; Grecian Stars of Steubenville and the Hellenic Dancers of Ambridge, Pa.; Nandanik Mandal Dance Academy and Ruby Jain from Pittsburgh, representing India; Italian American Cultural Club of Steubenville; Filippino American Dance Group of Pittsburgh; Tom Zielinsky of Weirton, representing Poland; Western Pennsylvania Firefighters Memorial Scottish Highlanders Band; the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Pittsburgh; St. Joseph the Worker School Choir; Tassie, Eli and Zac Tokash; Monsters in the Hood jazz band; and Sheena Chopra, Carrie Oliver and Victoria Gerst.
The Tri-State Young Marine Color Guard also will participate.
Dr. J.K. Luthra, the event's chairman, said the Historic Photo Gallery of Weirton will be back by popular demand. Luthra said many have enjoyed finding themselves, family members and friends among the photos of past times in Weirton.
Food will be provided by Taj Mahal, the Pizzelle Man, Gus's Goodies, Serbian American Cultural Center, Mount Olive Church and St. Nicholas Church for Russian food.
Historic and ethnic displays will feature Native Americans, frontier men, Poland, India, Pakistan, Italy, African Americans, the Philippines, Greece, Peru, children's books from around the world, Boy Scout Troup 334 and the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
Dennis Jones, executive director of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, said, "We are proud and thankful for having Dr. Luthra organize this event to bring people of all origins together in unity, and also to give recognition to our museum."
Luthra encouraged area residents to bring family and friends, saying, "There will be something for everyone to enjoy at the Festival of Nations."