Big weekend planned for Youngstown

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More than 10,000 people are expected to be in downtown Youngstown this weekend. Organizers are calling it the biggest weekend of the summer with several events taking place in and around the downtown area.

Darrel Clegg spent Friday afternoon setting up his jewelry for YSU’s Summer Festival of the Arts. This year, his display features fold form copper bracelets and sterling silver pendants. Other vendors were also busy setting up their wares on the campus.

“I enjoy coming here,” said Clegg. It’s always a nice crowd. We support the area.”

Thousands are expected to visit the festival over the next two days.

“They could expect a lot of foot traffic,” said Lyndsey Hughes, director of Downtown Youngstown Marketing. “There’s going to be a lot of people down here for a lot of events.”

Along with the Festival of the Arts, St. Nick’s Greek Church will be serving up culture and cuisine at the annual Greek Festival, cyclists will be rolling through town for the Tour of the Valley Bike Race and Grammy award-winning artists will be performing at the Youngstown Jazz Festival.

“The best part is people who come into the city have a chance to see what this is all about because this is the personality of the Valley,” said Phil Moore with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

With all the activity downtown and the bike race, a few streets will shut down, but Hughes said there will be plenty of parking.

“There are seven different AVM parking lots around downtown that will be open,” said Hughes. “The closure on Hazel won’t affect that much parking. People can still park behind the Voinovich building and walk over.”

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