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.