Federal Frenzy raises funds for Rich Center for Autism

Federal Frenzy
Federal Frenzy was a fundraiser held in downtown Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Federal Street was full of families and concert goers Saturday.

Two festivals teamed up for Federal Frenzy in downtown Youngstown. It was a day packed with free activities.
YSU students worked with the city of Youngstown to plan the event, which is a fundraiser for the Rich Center for Autism.

“We partnered with them because of festival on Phelps. We merged our live on Lincoln event and festival on Phelps so we could raise money for the Rich Center,” said Ashley Jones, of Penguin Productions.

Downtown venues had family activities and art shows during the day Saturday.
Craft vendors also set up shop along Phelps.

Downtown bars hosted student bands from YSU.
Blending the two festivals brought thousands to downtown.

“What we have I think is better than what we both anticipated.

We received proceeds from the vendor fair that took place earlier today, and we’re receiving all the proceeds from the beer tent. We just really want everyone to come out and have a great time,” said Bergen Giordani, Rich Center for Autism.

Vendors say they’ll be back next year.
The sunshine and free events turned into hours of good customer traffic.

“It’s really nice to do something local and bring a good crowd downtown,” said Deanna Guerreri, jewelry vendor.

The festival wrapped up with free concerts by national acts– including local favorite band Red Wanting Blue.

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