The Update | Juneteenth Celebration Begins; Fireworks & Food Trucks on July 4

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The third annual Youngstown Juneteenth celebration started Saturday and will continue through Sunday, June 18.

A full schedule of workshops and discussions are planned each day this week. Go to for details.

The event will culminate on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, with the Juneteenth Cultural Festival at Wean Park, downtown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature food trucks, vendors, musical performances, cook-offs and other activities. Parking is free at the adjacent Covelli Centre.

Juneteenth is the United States’ oldest nationally recognized African American holiday.

Fireworks & Food Trucks on the Fourth of July

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The second annual Fireworks & Food Trucks will take place at Wean Park on July 4 beginning at 6 p.m.

The event will include a lineup of locally owned food trucks, DJ Chip Banks and a fireworks display at dusk.

Free parking will be available in the Covelli Centre lot.

Food truck vendors who would like to participate must contact Melanie Clarke-Penella, special events coordinator, at [email protected].

Mike Hull Ride for Autism on Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The 11th annual Mike Hull Memorial Ride for Autism will take place Saturday, June 17.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dash Inn, 2716 Mahoning Ave., where there will also be a basket raffle.

The run will begin at noon after a blessing of the bikes. Stops include Castaway Craig’s Pub & Grub in Lake Milton, Shillings Mill Tavern in Berlin Center, BB Rooners Food & Spirits in Salem and Rydar’s Corner Pocket in Leetonia.

The Syndicate will perform at the Dash Inn after the last bike returns.

The cost is $20 per rider, which includes food, ticket and music; and $10 for nonriders, which includes food ($5 for children 12 and under).

Proceeds support the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley.

Mike Hull was a husband, father, brother and grandfather of a granddaughter on the autism spectrum who he cherished. He was also a musician who loved playing, and he donated his time and talent to organizations in need. He died in 2012.

For information, contact Melissa Kalaman, Mike Hull Memorial Poker Run director, at 330 770 6978.

Robins Theatre to Screen ‘Footloose’

WARREN, Ohio – The 1984 film “Footloose,” starring Kevin Bacon, will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Robins Theatre.

Tickets are $7. All seats are general admission. Go to or the box office to purchase in advance.

“Footloose” is a musical drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack (Bacon), a teenager from Chicago who moves to a small town, where he attempts to overturn the ban on dancing.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.