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Leetonia Fall Festival planned for Sept. 25

LEETONIA–A group of women concerned about losing the artisans festival in Leetonia have teamed up to create the Leetonia Fall Festival.

“I just think it’s great to try to come together as a community,” festival organizer Missy Cooper said.

The hours for the Leetonia Fall Festival have been extended from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Early birds can enjoy a pancake breakfast to benefit the village decoration committee from 8 to 10 a.m.

Leetonia Fall Festival will feature a Chinese auction, food trucks, live music, vendors, bounce houses, a car and motorcycle show along with pumpkin painting.

The Bike Show will take place at on Madison Street at the Tipsy Cow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several entrance categories such as most miles, most skulls, loudest bike, largest Harley Davidson tattoo and shirt from a Harley Davidson dealer furthest from Leetonia.

An antique car show will take place in front of the OSI 1535 Club at 202 Main St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The festival will pair nicely with Kids Day at the Leetonia Sportsmans Club from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the OSI Fish Fry from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cooper has worked alongside Courtney Branch, Christina Capaldi and Tara Moffatt in an effort to raise funds for a splash pad.

“It’s very important for kids today to have something. Somewhere to meet people and to reach out,” Cooper explained.

Cooper pointed out teenagers are prohibited from using playground equipment at the park and believes this leaves a need for older children.

“They don’t have anything and when you don’t have anything, you go get in trouble,” Cooper remarked. “You don’t want to see kids go down that road.”

Cooper would like to see Leetonia become a more inclusive environment.

“Maybe some kind of an arcade or something our teenagers can have,” Cooper said.

Organizers would like to make the Leetonia Fall Festival an annual occurrence. Funds from the 50/50 raffle will contribute toward future planning efforts.

Cooper is requesting involvement from local businesses. Assistance is needed with Chinese Auction baskets, supplies for painting and pumpkins. Cooper is also in need of volunteers.

“We have already started looking for a date next year, so we can start doing vendors next year as well,” Cooper said.

Tickets for the Chinese Auction will be $1 each or six for $5.

Crafters and vendors are being encouraged to contact coopermissy30@gmail.com to participate.

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