WaterFire Sharon debuts

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To see photos of WaterFire Sharon, click here.

After two years in the making, WaterFire Sharon kicked off in Mercer County on Saturday.

Vendors, artists and musicians filled the streets for the first of its kind event in the area.

At dusk, 100 torch runners carried a flame through town to light the 50 water fires floating on the Shenango River. Thousands of spectators lined the banks of the river to get watch the lighting.

“I think this good for the Valley,” said Ryan Urby of Youngstown. “I hope people actually get it and the next events are as successful as this one.”

Other WaterFire Sharon events will take place Sept. 14 and Oct. 12.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

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