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Bottoms Up: Annual beer fest held at Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN — Beer enthusiasts took advantage of warm weather today to take part in an annual event that benefits the Youngstown community.

The Third Annual Groundhog Craft Beer Fest took place in the Stambaugh Auditorium parking lot, a stark difference from inside the venue when it’s typically snowing and cold.

Held by the Youngstown Rotary Club, the event is a club fundraiser to generate funds that will benefit the community, said Josh Prest, president of the Youngstown Rotary Club.

Usually, the event is held around Groundhog Day in February, but as with most events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the beer tasting was pushed back.

Supporters of the event need not worry, Prest said, as the Beer Fest is anticipated to go back to its winter schedule in 2022.

Organizers anticipated 350 people. General admission tickets were $40, with VIP tickets at $60.

Several years ago, a group of Rotarians were brainstorming new fundraisers — while they drank beer — and the Beer Fest was born, with details outlined on a napkin, Prest said.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator.

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