The spirit and culture of Greece will be filling the Weirton community over the next few days with the celebration of the 26th-annual Weirton Greek Festival.
This yearly event, held by the members of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, is among the most anticipated by area residents and it's easy to see why.
With the sounds of live music, the sights of traditional Greek dancing, and the smells of a variety of Greek food, this has been a major draw to Weirton for many years and we know this year's festival will be no different.
Crowds will gather in the parking lot of the church on West Street today, Friday and Saturday to sample everything from main dishes like gyros, lamb stew, grape leaves and moussaka to pastries like baklava, galatobouriko, kataifi and koulourakia.
A variety of entertainment also is lined up, including performances by the Greek Company Orchestra, the Patriotakia and Aegean Dancers and students from the Weirton Christian Center.
Plus, visitors will have an opportunity to take guided tours of the church itself, learn about its history and some of the Greek religious traditions found in Weirton.
That's something that makes this festival so great. It's not just about food and entertainment. It's a celebration of the history and culture of a group of people who helped to build Weirton and make it what is today.
The members of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church work incredibly hard to put this event on for Weirton and its neighboring communities, often spending months planning and preparing the food.
It can be a monumental task to put together such a festival, and we hope they know how much their hard work and dedication is appreciated.
We hope to see everyone there as Weirton celebrates its Greek heritage.