The 15th annual Celebrate Youth Festival returns as an in-person event this year on Thursday, August 4from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wheeling Park. Local non-profit organization Youth Services System, Inc. (YSS) hosts the yearly free event as a way to give back to the community.
Everything at Celebrate Youth is free for all attendees, including back-to-school supplies, community resources, food, games, inflatables, and park activity wristbands for the pool, paddle boats and mini-golf.
“After a 2-year hiatus, Celebrate Youth is back at Wheeling Park on Thursday, August 4from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.,” said YSS Special Events Coordinator Holly Fox. “As in the past, there will be free park wristbands that will be distributed at the putt-putt golf/boat and pool areas. We’ll also have plenty of free food including hot dogs, DeFelice Bros. pizza, nachos, chips, popcorn and drinks.”
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Fox continues, “Nearly 50 exhibitors will be set up in the ice-skating rink area, offering school supplies, resources, interactive crafts, games, face painting, and a lollipop tree where kids can win prizes. Bounce houses from Tripp’s Fun Zone will be available near the Amphitheater. We hope to see everyone there!”
Celebrate Youth operated in a limited fashion during the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Attendees were invited to “drive-thru” and receive bags full of school supplies, while community resources were shared digitally. With the theme of “Welcome Back”, this year’s Celebrate Youth Festival looks to continue the tradition of a community-wide free event for all.
YSS is grateful for this year’s community sponsors – WTRF, Cornerstone Group, DeFelice Bros. Pizza, Lamar, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, and Wheeling Park.