2016 Fall Fest Press Release

Crowd doubles to 4,400 at ‘perfect’ Fall Fest by William V Foley ELLWOOD CITY – Caroline Golmic stands on a second-story balcony overlooking Lawrence Avenue, where the autumn sun has broken through low, gray clouds and is illuminating the smiles on up to 4,400 faces on Ellwood City’s main thoroughfare. Below her, at street level, the murmur of the crowd massing along seven blocks mixes with the roar of car-cruise vehicles young and old racing their engines, which blends with live music from the Community Plaza, the clip-clop of horses pulling passenger-filled carriages, a live-radio broadcast barker and the laughter of children. These are the sounds of the second annual Ellwood City Fall Fest. These are the sounds of success. That sun focusing its spotlight on Lawrence Avenue? Even Mother Nature wants to play a part in Ellwood City’s present and future. “This gives people hope for what Ellwood City can turn back into,” says Golmic, a member of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce committee that organized Fall Fest. “We’re never going to be a steel town again. There’s never going to be a lot of mills here again. But we can rebrand ourselves and become something different. This gives a lot of people hope and excitement that there are young people living here, that there are people who have businesses downtown and want to give back locally. It’s exciting.” Just ask Chris Ringer, of Wampum, who stops by the Community Plaza with her granddaughters, Maddie and Olivia. “This is perfect,” Ringer says. “I can entertain the girls for the day.” Nearby, water fountains reach longingly toward the...