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Six downtown Youngstown events get grants from city



Published: Thu, May 13, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Organizers of six downtown events will receive $9,000 from the city to help off-set their expenses.

More than 20 event organizers applied for the grants, said Lyndsey A. Hughes, the director of downtown Youngstown events, special projects and marketing.

Those receiving funding and the expected number of people at each event, said Hughes, are:

$1,000 for Noah’s Lost Ark Animal Sanctuary’s 6th annual charity bike run on July 25. About 500 people are expected to participate and attend the bike run.

$2,000 for Vex Fest’s 7th annual music festival on Aug. 15. About 10,000 are expected to attend the event.

$1,125 for the Youngstown Area Community Concert. The concert’s date hasn’t been determined with about 200 to 600 expected to attend.

$2,000 for Bonfrog, a celebration of Youngstown art, music and culture on July 24. About 700 to 800 are expected to attend.

$1,125 for the Pabstolutly Festival, a music and arts event, on Sept. 11. About 2,000 to 3,000 are expected.

$1,750 for the 10th annual Pig Iron Street Festival in July. About 1,000 to 2,000 are expected.


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1onthetown(252 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

$2,000 in tax dollars are going toward Vex Fest?

What a joke.

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2louisbeaver(23 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

how is that a joke dude? your comment is uneducated and idiotic! the money should go to the events that bring the most people downtown and help downtown business and economy! Vexfest brings 5000-10000 people, it should be on the top of the list and its one of the two huge music festivals all summer with Rock the Block in June being the other one, which by the list above it seems like the got screwed over by the city and that Rock the Block event brought some 5000 people last year with great national bands, something that doesn't happen much downtown. Those two festivals bring more people than all other downtown events combined!!!
Some of the other choices are absolutely absured, that stupid Pig Iron thing had like 8 people last year yet they get money, seriously who goes to a dark ugly alley (Phelps) in downtown Youngstown to read poetry..hilarious! The idea is to help downtown business and bring people downtown so why would they give all this money to these idiotic events that don't even bring a 1% of the people as some of the others! To the great events scheduled downtown this year that didn't get grants do yourself a favor and take them somewhere else and screw downtown Ytown for being so amazingly retarded for giving our money to some of these events. Its so obvious there is some politics going on with this Lyndsey lady because no one in their right mind would've given our tax dollars to some of the events she picked. Maybe she only gave money to the bars she frequents like Lemon Grove's Bonfrog that takes place in their ugly back parking lot or the Royal Oaks Purple Cat deal. I guess everyone with a position that we the tax-payers pay for will always be crooked and let other factors play against common sense, logic, and most importantly what's best for the people downtown and the businesses downtown!!!

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