Youngstown celebrated the Fourth of July with a music festival at Arlington Heights. It was an effort to unite the community with music and fellowship.
“I’ve been coming out here for four years straight, since 2014 when they first started,” said Chris, a community member.
People from all parts of town came to the fourth annual Youngstown Music Fest at Arlington Heights park.
“Everybody from north side, south side, west side, east side, Farrell, Sharon, New Castle, they all came here to support. They come down here to support the kids,” Chris said.
Being a father himself, Chris feels that showing his kids support from their own community helps them in the long run.
For the festival’s organizer, 25-year-old Lester Scott, hearing people from the community appreciate what he’s doing keeps his fuel going.
“So many people coming up and telling us how nice of an event it was,” he said. “I don’t do it for the praise, but it does go a long way to go toward tooling up and coming back next year.”
The event, packed with bounce houses and a basketball tournament, also allows parents to spend more quality time with their children.
“What we do, we usually have eight teams. It’s $1,000 to the first place winner, winner take all. It’s in the spirit of competition, friendly competition,” Scott said.
He said he’s been reassured that he’s doing the right thing.
“It means a lot to us, but I think the community will tell you it means a lot to them.”
“This is helping the community because it’s bringing everybody together,” Chris said. “The last four episodes here have been no violence, no fighting, no drama, no none of that.”
Lester said he plans to continue this event every year and have it grow each time.