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A 'How Sweet It Is' Celebration

June 19, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the recent Austintown Township meeting, trustee Jim Davis laid out the plans for a four-day celebration for the Austintown community. It will all kick off on Sunday (June 30).

"This year's celebration will be huge," said Davis. "It will begin with the 'Party on the Plaza' on Sunday."

The event runs from 5 p.m. till after the fireworks at the Austintown Plaza, 6000 Mahoning Ave. Besides the pony rides, clowns, face painting and kids' inflatables and games, the event will have some first rate entertainment. Kicking things off at 5:30 p.m. will be the music of Leather and Lace, who will perform for two hours.

The entertainment will break briefly for the popular BW3 Buffalo Wild Wings "Blazing Wing Challenge."

Contestants will attempt to eat a dozen of the hottest chicken wings in the Valley.

After the challenge, music will return to the plaza as Chris Higbee takes the stage at 7:45 p.m. for a two-hour performance. The performance is part of Higbee's Superhero Live tour. Following the performance at 10 p.m. will be the annual 30-minute fireworks show.

Monday continues the festivities at two separate locations. At Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Road, the popular Farmer's Market will take place with a special theme for the evening.

"The market will be a special one with the theme of celebrating our troops," Davis said.

The market will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. as will the other event at Greenwood Chevrolet, 4695 Mahoning Ave. where the annual Independence Day Car Show will take place.

"This will be sponsored by Greg Greenwood, who does a lot for our community," Davis said.

On Tuesday, the focus returns to Township Park from 7:30 to 8:30 for a concert with the Canfield Community Band.

"They will be joined by the Austintown Fitch Concert Choir, and both will be providing patriotic music," Davis said.

Wednesday will offer a break to prepare residents for the Fourth of July.

Thursday's festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. for the Ecumenical service and flag raising ceremony at Austin Log Cabin, 3797 Raccoon Road. Davis said for those who have not toured the Log Cabin, the morning event offers a chance to view a piece of Austintown's rich history.

The final big event of the day will be the annual Fourth of July Parade. It begins at noon sharp at Highway Tabernacle Church at the intersection of Kirk and Raccoon roads and travels north on Raccoon Road to the Austintown Library. The theme for this year's event is "How Sweet It Is" and Bruce Shepas, parade chairman, has worked hard to attract floats to make Austintown's parade the largest and most interesting in the area.

 
 

 

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