Slovakian mayor visits Youngstown to help open weekend’s festival

Over time, thousands of immigrants from the northeastern part of Slovakia settled in the Mahoning Valley

Mayor Jan Volny in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As Youngstown prepares for Saturday’s Simply Slavic Festival, the city welcomes a special guest from Slovakia.

Mayor Jan Volny is from the city of Spišská Nová Ves in the northeastern part of the country.

Over time, thousands of immigrants from that region settled in the Mahoning Valley.

Volney and Mayor John McNally unveiled woodcarvings of the seals for both cities Friday morning.

McNally said it’s an important connection for Youngstown.

“Since 1991, the City of Youngstown has enjoyed a sister city relationship with his city and we have a local group, Sister City, Inc., that has done a lot of cultural and educational work in the mayor’s city.”

In 25 years, the Youngstown Spišská Nová Ves Sister Cities Program, Inc. has spearheaded such efforts as the shipment of tens of millions of dollars in diagnostic medical equipment to Slovakia, the sponsorship of dozens of English language teachers, the hosting of Slovak students in the United States, supporting annual tours to Slovakia, and facilitating the visits of multiple business, diplomatic, and cultural performance groups to Youngstown.

Both mayors will cut the ribbon to open the 7th annual Simply Slavic Festival on Saturday. The festival runs from noon until midnight in Federal Plaza, downtown Youngstown.


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s