Exhibit brings butterflies to inner city youth

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A new and unusual festival drew kids from across the area Saturday with an insect that’s fascinating to most children.

The First Annual Butterfly Festival was held at the South Side Community Garden on Williamson Avenue in Youngstown.

The garden’s founder, Lois Martin-Uscianowski, came up with the idea for the festival.  She brought in 24 butterflies from the Wish Upon a Butterfly Farm in Mount Jackson, Pa.

Children released the butterflies into a screen tent and got a chance to fed them.

“I brought butterflies here because a lot of the kids in this neighborhood really don’t get a chance to see butterflies,” said Martin-Uscianowski. “They don’t get to go to the Canfield Fair or the Eastwood Mall where some of the regular exhibits are.”

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and the City of Youngstown helped sponsor the event.

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