City holds two festivals

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Sunday was a day of festivals in Youngstown with one in Mill Creek Park,  and the other downtown.

Kids worked on their swing at a mini baseball clinic at Mill Creek Park, while a golf tournament took place in another part of the park.

“Whoever gets the closest to the pin on each hole, wins a prize,” said Carol Vigorito, the park’s Recreation and Education Manager.

It’s all part of Sunfest at the Wick Recreation Area at Mill Creek Park. The celebration lived up to its name with picture perfect weather.

“It doesn’t get better than this; perfect weather,” said Vigorito.

The festival has been going on for more than 20 years now.

A mile hike around the park, attracted a small crowd as well as another fan favorite activity, the sand sculpture contest.

“Try to get people outside, get them active, get them enjoying the park,” said Vigorito.

In downtown Youngstown, plenty of people enjoyed the last day of the Mount Carmel Festival.

“Lots of fun, lot of things to do, a lot of food, a lot of nice people, a lot of music,” said festival chairman Tony Rolio.

Now in its 15th year, it’s also one of the more popular festivals in town, with record crowds for the first two days.

“We normally get 12 to 15,000, and as of Thursday and Friday, we’re running ahead of that number,” said Trolio.

He hopes to add to that number on Sunday, as more people walking through tasting food from the 18 vendors and enjoy  music from the old country.

“We started with the premise keeping this an old fashion Italian festival. You won’t find rock and roll, country and Western, polka bands, you want to see that you better go to the fair. We keep it strictly  Italian,” said Trolio.

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