Big downtown summer weekend set

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — It is less than three weeks until one of the biggest weekends of the summer in Youngstown.

The Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts, the Downtown Jazz Fest and St. Nicholas Greek Festival all will be held from July 10 through July 13 in the downtown area.

Organizers of the three festivals held a meeting Tuesday to announce the lineup of events for the big weekend. As it turns out, the Jazz Fest almost did not happen this year, which would have put quite a damper on the summer festivities.

“We don’t know the number of people. If we get 2,000 to 3,000 people for the restaurants, all the local businesses, and it’s a staple event. Every year, the people can hang their hat and they know the Jazz Fest is going to happen,” said Ken Bigley, a producer at Eric Ryan Productions, which is handling the Jazz Fest this year.

The annual Greek Summerfest at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 220 N. Walnut St., will begin at 11 a.m. on July 10 and runs through Sunday, July 13. Admission is free.

The YSU Summer Festival of the Arts begins at 10 a.m. on July 12 and continues on July 13. The event is free and will take place at various location on campus.

The Downtown Jazz Fest on July 12 will feature saxophonist Kim Waters. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

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