WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A widespread homecoming celebration is planned this weekend in Warren to get the community together and excited about what’s going on in the city.
Business owners and city leaders are working together to host the event, which is being organized by the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County. The goal is to showcase the city and how far it has come over the years.
“Just like any other environment, things change. We really want to show you where we are progressing to, and hopefully you appreciate it as much as we do,” said Adam Gregory, director of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County. “We want people to move back to Warren, we want Warren to grow. In order to make Warren grow, we need people to move back into the area.”
Friday afternoon, organizers from several different entities kicked off the first official Warren Homecoming. The theme is celebrating the enduring connection of family and friends.
“We’re a very family-oriented town. It’s a small town and that’s really what we wanted to utilize,” Gregory said. “[Families] always come back, except we wanted them to come back in one weekend and make it a big party.”
The event is not affiliated with any school or class, but is open to the entire city. Organizers hope people who live in Warren now and those who have left town will come out for the exciting weekend.
“We would just love people to come back and to see all the hard work that we’re putting into this,” Gregory said.
Kent State Trumbull kicked off the day’s first event on the ground floor of the Franklin Street parking deck.
“It really was a coming together of this wonderful idea for the Warren homecoming and how we could, as a Warren institution, be part of the celebration,” said Kent State Trumbull Dean Dr. Lance Grahn.
A quick elevator ride up four floors took guests to a rooftop reunion and after-party, complete with a red carpet.
“How could you not enjoy that? You go to the game, get a trolley back here, party until 2 a.m., you got this great view of Courthouse,” Gregory said.
Despite the less-than-expected turnout, organizers were not discouraged. The homecoming celebration will continue through Monday.