The Update | Mahoning Valley Warrior Competition Seeks Entrants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley’s annual Mahoning Valley Warrior competition will take place Saturday, June 3, at 9 a.m. at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The event is a series of athletic competitions, and also includes a special needs resource fair for families.

Registration and additional event information are available at or by emailing

The Strongman events, including the Mahoning Valley Warrior Competition, attract CrossFit athletes from around the tri-state region.

The quadrathlon consists of a 5K race, Individual People-Powered Tractor Pull and two Strongman events.

Simultaneously, athletes, runners, walkers and groups of any combination can participate in other events, including the Valley Autism 5K, Group People-Powered Tractor Pull, Kids Fun Run or, for community support, the 1-mile Autism Support Walk.  

Presented with the support of the Knapp Center for Childhood Development, this family-oriented event also features fair-style games, a petting zoo and food trucks.

Event sponsors, gift card donations and resource fair providers are now being accepted.

‘Roaring ’20s’ Event at Packard Museum

WARREN, Ohio – A “Roaring ’20s” cocktail party that includes a reenactment of Valley historical figure Mrs. James Ward “Bess” Packard will take place Saturday, March 11, at the National Packard Museum.

Former local television news personalities Glenn and Regina Stevens are producing and directing the theatrical presentation.

Guests are encouraged to dress in “flapper” attire and step back in time to 1929 as reenactors portray Bess Packard and her distinguished guests, including Marion Fisher, Esq., Judge Thomas Gillmer, Kitty Packard, Carlotta Packard and Cornelia Wade Hall. They will talk about the scandals that shocked Warren’s high society and ruined the reputations of some of the Mahoning Valley’s leading citizens. All the accounts are true.

Guests will hear about a Packard cousin whose secret affair was revealed during a notorious murder investigation and an embezzling bank executive who escaped his “Millionaire’s Row” mansion in women’s clothing.

The fundraiser is sponsored by Paige & Byrnes Insurance, founded in 1921 by Packard family friend and neighbor David R. Paige, who will portray one of Bess Packard’s distinguished guests. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at or by calling the museum at 330 394 1899. Seating is limited.

The National Packard Museum is located at 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Lecture on a Former First Lady at The Tyler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Belinda Weiss, director of the McKinley Birthplace Museum and Memorial, will lecture on “Ida McKinley: A Life of Triumph and Tragedy” at noon Thursday, March 16, at the Tyler History Center, downtown. Admission is free.

When most people think of First Lady Ida McKinley, they think of a frail, unhealthy woman who was a hindrance to President William McKinley and unable to perform any official duties. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even though Ida was prone to epileptic seizures and had many health issues, President McKinley not only relied upon his wife, but actively sought her advice on matters both personal and political. Her life reflects one of tragedy because of everything she endured, but also triumph because of how she overcame those obstacles.

Pictured at top: A contestant demonstrates her strength at last year’s Mahoning Valley Warrior competition.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.