By Grace Wyler
Families came out in droves Saturday to take in some autumn rays and celebrate the Austintown community at the first “Awesome-town” Fall Festival.
The event, hosted by Austintown Community Church at Austintown Township Park, was a major success, organizers said.
Buses shuttled a steady stream of attendees to the park from pickup points across the township for the duration of the event, said volunteer Lori Stone.
“We had community involvement here from the opening ceremonies right up until the closing,” Stone said. “I thought it was fantastic.”
The festival aimed to celebrate Austintown’s schools and families, and bring members of the community together to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful weather before the winter sets in, Stone said.
“The whole idea was just to bring Austintown together, and I think we did that,” she said. “It’s all about the families and their kids.”
The event featured a variety of kid-friendly activities and contests, including pinewood derby races, face-painting and hay rides. Booths were also set up to offer parents information on topics such as bike safety, child identification and keeping schools drug-free.
“It’s a really great event; it’s something fun for the kids to do,” said Tesh Ekis, who attended the event with her three children. “Stuff like this is important for our community.”