East Palestine goes to the dogs to support Fourth of July festivities

By Virginia Ross

EAST PALESTINE —Every day could become a dog day in the city that’s now known as the place “Where you want to be.”

You’ll find a dog waiting to greet you at Huntington Bank. Soon several other local businesses will have their own dogs on display.

As part of a citywide effort to raise money for the annual Independence Day fireworks program, the East Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce has started its “Adopt a Bulldog” program.

Area businesses are being encouraged to buy a fiberglass bulldog to help raise money for the fireworks display.

For years, the fireworks program drew folks throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to East Palestine every July. The program was cut from the city’s activities a few years ago because of funding problems.

Last year, however, the newly resurrected chamber of commerce raised enough money from community donations to restore the fireworks display.

Chamber officials, realizing public donations can only go so far, borrowed an idea from Youngstown State University’s Parade of Penguins, in which penguin statues are sold to the public. Those statues were decorated and placed in several locations around the Youngstown area.

We thought something like this would be a great idea for our town, to show support for the city and at the same time promote local businesses,” said Diann Elzer, a chamber of commerce director.

Read the full story with photos Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com

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