Commons Fest part of Warren revitalization

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – People in Warren had an opportunity Saturday to enjoy the inaugural Commons Fest on Courthouse Square.

Throughout the day, families enjoyed arts and crafts, sampled home-made lemonade and played a giant game of chess. And while all that sounds fun, there was a larger purpose behind the festivities – local food.

Everything at the Commons Fest was local – locally grown and locally made.

“We wanted to show Warren what you could do with local food,” said Kevin Burns, Warren Farmers Market.

Cody Hermann heads up the Robins Theater revitalization project and said Saturday’s event and bringing back the old Robins Theater is about getting people back downtown.

Hermann said he wants to get people excited about the project and to help with that he had some kids dress in period costumes from a time when the theater was thriving.

“They are also taking on character and personas from the 1920s in the theme of the day,” said Director Harding Christine DePascale.

And although the festival is over, Herrmann hopes people’s desire to support the community continues.

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