English Festival Celebrates 35th Year

Youngstown State University is celebrating the 35th year for the English Festival this week.

More than 3,000 middle and high school students are expected to attend the three-day event, which runs through Friday.

In order to go, students must read seven books from a list put out every summer. Participants not only talk about the stories they’ve read but also enter writing contests and take part in a variety of activities.

“We try to encourage kids, and let them know that stories and writing and reading are valuable to them,” said English Festival co-chair Gary Salvner. “We’ve got four, wonderful authors with us who are coming from all over the country. Award winning authors the kids are having a chance to hear them,”

Friday afternoon, the 100,000th English Festival participant will be recognized at a ceremony in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center.

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