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The Update | Ribs and Rock Festival Is Canceled; Canfield Fair Accepting Exhibits

BOARDMAN, Ohio – This year’s Ribs and Rock Festival has been canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The four-day event typically takes place in June in the parking lot of Southern Park Mall, and features live music and rib vendors. It will return in 2022, according to Corey Ward, who operates the event.

Canfield Fair Accepting Exhibits

CANFIELD, Ohio – Entry and premium books, as well as the rules and regulations for entering exhibits at the 175th Canfield Fair, are now available at CanfieldFair.com.

Exhibitors may register via mail, in person at the administrative office on the fairgrounds, or online, which is the preferred method. The Canfield Fair is diligently working on ways to be COVID-19 compliant, which include an increase in online registrations and ticketing options for the 2021 event.

Details on advance ticket purchases will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Taste of the Fair food festival is scheduled for May 15 and 16. Admission is free. More than 30 food vendors will be on the grounds for this event. Guests will park and then walk to the festival, which will feature fair food.

The 175th Canfield Fair is scheduled for Sept. 1-6.

YSU Alum Joins Rayen Students for Poetry Slam

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Cleveland artist and Youngstown State University alumnus A. Orlando Watson will join Youngstown Rayen Early College scholars for a virtual poetry slam at 6 p.m. tonight. The event is not open to the public.

Watson graduated from YSU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and creative writing. He also appeared as a background performer for the 2021 Oscar-nominated film “Judas and the Black Messiah.

Shaunda Yancey, YREC’s literacy coach, called Watson an inspiration for scholars.

“When planning this project, I thought often of how everything we do in classrooms is about reading, writing, listening and speaking,” Yancey said. “There is literally no portion of performing spoken-word poetry that is not a part of that core of instructional expertise. Poetry has always been a place of self-expression and spoken word lends its participants the ‘superpower’ of stating their truths.”

His poetry has been published in the Linden Avenue Literary Journal and Five 2 One Magazine. He serves as the associate director for the Tri-C JazzFest where he facilitates a creative writing curriculum called “UNDERSTANZA.”

Watson is a spoken-word poet, lyricist, songwriter and narrator. In 2015 he was awarded the “Kente Cloth” by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the Ohio State University with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill.

His 2017 debut project, titled, “Everything’s Personal,” peaked at No. 18 on iTunes R&B/Soul charts, and led him to open for Lalah Hathaway’s and Chantae Cann’s respective tours in 2018.

His baritone voice can be heard on “Unfinished Song” by Latin Grammy award winner Linda Briceno, Braxton Cook’s “No Doubt” LP, Damien Sneed’s title track, “We Shall Overcome,” and “Schizophrenia” by Bobby Sparks II of Snarky Puppy.

Library to Hold Surplus Sale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Surplus items from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) will be offered to the public for sale from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. May 17, 18 and 19 at the Newport Library, 3730 Market St.

The Friends of PLYMC will also hold a book sale at that time, with their proceeds going to the Summer Discovery program.

The sale will be set up at the rear of the Newport Library; customers must park in front of the library in public parking spaces and walk the sidewalk leading to the rear of the building.

Surplus items will include office chairs, metal cabinets with drawers, metal and wood desks, wood shelving, 2-foot by 4-foot drop-in lights, computer tables, wood and laminate tables, 150 boxes of books, and more.

All sales will be cash only. There will be no early sales or previews.

Customers should come prepared to take their items with them. There will be no deliveries and items must be removed during the days of the sale.

There will be onsite help to assist customers in loading their purchases into their vehicles.


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Posted April 30, 2021.

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