Organizers of benefit for veterans moves event to Mahoning County after complaints in Pa.

Organizers of benefit for veterans moves event to Mahoning County after complaints in Pa.

Staff, wire reports


More than 700 bikers are expected to descend on Mahoning County next month as a way to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

After complaints to city council members about the event taking place at VFW Park in Midland, Pa. the Midland VFW members who organize the event are bringing their party to Buffalo Hollow in Petersburg.

The complaints were about noise, sanitation, security, parking and logistical issues. Part of the issue related to about 10 to 15 percent of those who attended who would camp in the part during the three-day event.

The VFW had asked council to suspend Midland’s noise ordinance during the days that live bands are scheduled. Midland’s noise ordinance begins at 10 p.m., but the request was to extend the time until midnight.

Among those voicing concerns was Cheryl Portonova, a nearby park resident. She told Landis that the event doesn’t need to run past 10 p.m., and that there’s no need for anyone to camp in the park.

“I honestly don’t believe you need either one of them,” she said in the Beaver County Times, adding that the event would make more money without campers because they’d be more inclined to bring their own food and beverages rather than purchase them.

The event will be from July 12-14 and is called “Christmas in July.”

Unlike the VFW Park in Midland, which is located within city limits, Buffalo Hollow is located within a rural area of southeast Mahoning County.

Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who suffered a physical or mental injury, illness or wound in military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

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