BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Steel Valley Super Nationals weekend is back at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
The after party is back in Boardman, and a large crowd turned out at Chili’s near the Southern Park Mall.
Orie Fata of Boardman has owned his ’65 Impala for 37 years. Friday night, the Chevy was parked out in front of Chili’s where, at its peak, 3,000 people were celebrating the Steel Valley Super Nationals after party.
“We started down, actually, by West Boulevard, and there were not too many cars there. And we started driving up this way, and we start seeing more and more cars. And I said, know what? Chili’s is the place to be,” Fata said.
To get an idea of just how many people were there, FirstNews reporter Stan Boney had to walk up the hill toward Market Street. The entrance off of Route 224 into the mall parking lot had a steady stream of cars. Everything in front of J.C. Penney and Chili’s was just people and cars.
“More people than you expected? Oh, yeah. I think more than the mall expected. They kind of set out parameters of where people were going to park, but, as it turned out, the people took over. Everybody’s everywhere, yeah,” said radio personality Thomas John.
There were no reports of any problems. Everyone was well-behaved.
“We have security here, restrooms, so it’s nice. It’s just a really nice event for everybody,” said Cory Ward, a promoter for the event.
Ward also said they have not had a single issue.
Cars were stopped along Route 224 for traffic citations, but the Sheriff’s Deputy who spoke with First News said the night was nothing out of the ordinary. Most people were being given warnings.
Bill Pitoscia of North Jackson brought out his ‘83 Cavalier convertible which now has historical plates.
“Boardman should welcome this with open arms. The money that it brings in, the people that stop at restaurants on their way here,” Pitoscia said.
The focus of the night was on the cars including Gordon Spikell’s ’67 Chevelle SS.
“I’ve had previous cars, probably about four or five in the past couple years. I kind of go through them often,” Spikell said.
The after party will be back at Chili’s Saturday night and at the Austintown Quaker Steak and Lube on Sunday.