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Awesome-Town event set for Saturday

October 5, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Awesome-Town Fall Craft and Car Show will be bigger than originally thought. The event, set for 11 a.m. this Saturday, will take place at Emmanuel Community Church on 6512 Kirk Road. Early weather watchers said it is looking good.

“I checked the long-range forecast,” said Bob Wilson, “It said 74 and sunny.”

Wilson is among a vast number of local groups that will be setting up displays at the event. He is involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the 20 over 9 amateur radio club.

Wilson and about a dozen other planners of Saturday’s event held their final meeting last Thursday and brought the plans together. When the final details were in place, everyone saw it was going to be much bigger than originally anticipated. As the event drew closer, more and more jumped on board.

The event will now include a car show, a fall craft show, and a Civil War living history re-enactment. The Civil War segment will include re-enactors from the Army of Northern Virginia and the 61st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. It will include a glimpse into camp life and what a soldier would go through as well as a cannon crew that will fire an actual 1860s cannon.

“Everything is a go,” said Ron Johnson, a teacher at Austintown Middle School who is also a member of the Sons of the Confederacy.

Besides the three big venues, there will be a demonstration with radio controlled airplanes, bouncers from Austintown Bounce, clowns, a helicopter landing, and demonstrations of Zumba dance and martial arts, all put on by Austintown-based businesses.

Proceeds from the event will go to help several Austintown charities. There will be representatives from Mission of Love, the Senior Center and other local causes such as the Sobien family.

Working off a letter from Carrie Dascoli of Austintown, car show coordinator Mark Cole made a call to get the whole story on the Sobien family. He said the family, a mother, father and four children had gone through a devastating house fire about two years ago. The father lost his job immediately after the fire and the mother left, leaving the father to care for his four children. The children have been scattered throughout Austintown living with family and friends while the father sleeps in his truck.

Cole said the father has obtained employment, but can’t come up with the security deposit and first month’s rent to get his family back under one roof. To help the family, Dascoli has set up a pancake breakfast and Chinese auction at the Mineral Ridge Fire Station on Ohio 46 from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 5.

When Cole found out it was an Austintown family, he knew it was just the kind of charitable thing the Awesome-Town event could support.

“We are going to help bring this family back together,” Cole said.

The Awesome-Town event will be able to help through the fees charged to vendors as well as a huge Chinese auction that is taking place. At last count there were 36 baskets that will be displayed for bidding.

One other charitable entity that may be present is HOW, or Women Helping Other Women. Taunya Fuller was present to represent her organization and learn more about the festival. She said her organization helps families who are in need of furniture in the tri-county area. She said if she can get a representative on Saturday, she would show up.

As for parking at this year’s event, Bloomster said there is ample parking behind the church and in the gravel lot alongside the church. Since it is all at one location this year, there will be no need for buses.



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