Sharon officials prepare for WaterFire

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An event two years in the making is ready to kick off in Mercer County.

Representatives and volunteers from WaterFire Sharon were out in boats on the Shenango River Friday night preparing for the unique event. WaterFire will use 50 braziers, which look like floating water pits, to bring life back to the river and surrounding community.

The group was testing the fire pits and boat paths on Friday to make sure the daylong event is a success.  The idea for WaterFire first started in Providence, R.I.

“With WaterFire’s help, we managed to turn the entire feeling around in Providence where people began to have pride. And they began to work together in a way to bring the city out of the ashes that they felt it was in,” said volunteer Allen Redfern.

WaterFire is part of an art festival that will take place on Aug. 3 in Sharon.

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