Festival Like No Other Coming…

Nothing better than community events that bring us all together to celebrate the present while honoring our past and looking to our future. That’s what the upcoming Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival in downtown Weirton is all about. Set for October 20, 2018 at the Weirton Event Center, this will be a “celebration of the skills gained and materials crafted during the peak of manufacturing in Northern West Virginia.”

The festival will showcase art created using metal, clay, glass and re-purposed scrap and is named in honor of the employee Gate 5, located in front of Weirton Steel’s Strip Steel.   The name is being used because materials that came in the Strip Steel operation behind Number 5 Gate “were transformed into cold rolled, hot rolled and rolled coils for galvanized steel,” according to Weirton Mayor Harold Miller. The festival honors the local heritage while taking a giant step into the future with extremely inventive art. Among the art for sale and on display at the event will be jewelry, pottery, weld scrap, and much more. Another exciting part of the festival is the First Annual Tin Man 5k Run/Walk set for 8am the day of the event. To register, you can visit the Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival on Facebook.


Strip Steel Gate 5

 Photo courtesy of Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival.