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Annual Street Dance will draw kids of all ages to Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – Children and adults alike will be celebrating the end of the school year with the “Beginning of Summer Street Dance” from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday along Main Street in Youngstown.

This free, family-oriented event features the music of the Carl Motyka Band, a classic car show, a bounce house, pony rides, face-painting, ice cream and the antics of three professional clowns. Local businesses also set up tables to sell food and drinks.

The Youngstown Lions Club supplies free popcorn and the Youngstown Business and Professional Association, which sponsors the event, offers free beach balls. Lakeside Quarter Horses provides the pony rides. The clowns are members of Niagara Clown Alley and include Jim Donoughe as “Donuts,” Carol Marx as “Corabelle,” and Joyce Odorczyk as “Sprinkles.”

“Everyone is invited,” said Cheryl Irish-Butera, business association president. “This is a very family-friendly event.”

The event is held rain or shine, and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Irish-Butera noted that the Classic Car Show at Main and Hinman streets is free to join and no pre-registration is necessary.

“There are no prizes – it’s just a good time,” said Irish-Butera. “Anyone interested in being in it is asked to come down around 4:30 to 5 p.m. to line up.”

She said Dennis Ketch, Josh Stack and Albert McFayden are helping with the car show, which began three years ago.

“The car show component is getting bigger and better,” she added.

The business association is sponsoring it seventh street dance in conjunction with the Youngstown Village Board, Youngstown Police and volunteer fire companies.

The association currently has a record 72 members, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, Irish-Butera said.

“This street dance is our way of giving back to the community,” she added.

It recently earned $3,350 in a William G. Mayne/Niagara Falls Bridge Commission/Niagara County economic development enhancement matching funds grant.

“We’ve earned this grant each year for at least the last 14 years,” said Mark Butera, business association treasurer.

The business organization uses the funds to create and distribute its annual “Welcome to Youngstown” brochures; provide the plants for the hanging baskets and containers throughout the village; update its webcam at the Youngstown Yacht Club; and will create a new banner advertising the annual Neil Riordan St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The business association always welcomes new members. Find information at: or call the Buteras at their shop, Anchor Spirits, at 745-7989.

Food and non-alcoholic drink vendors may contact Diane Melloni at 946-3788 to participate in the street dance.