Downtown turns to youth with End of Summer Bash

Summer is coming to an end.

Skip the melancholy and move right on to the party.

The End of the Summer Bash will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Warren.

The Bash benefits the John Check Memorial Scholarship, through the Community Foundation of Warren County. The scholarship is open to seniors in Warren County going into education, music, theater, or the arts.

“This event is being put on for children and teens of Warren County by merchants, businesses, and community sponsors,” organizer Charmaine Check said.

“The Warren Area High School Marching Band will open the festivities with a Liberty Street performance of their 2013 season show, ‘James Bond 007’ at 3,” Check said. “From 3 until 6, Warren Players ‘Enchanted Fairytale Troupe’ will be providing many fun games, stories, face painting and a bouncy house for the young children.”

Princesses and storybook characters will be on hand to greet and have pictures taken with the children, she said. “All children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess or storybook character for a parade and costume judging contest. There will be prizes and fun for all.”

Judging for a bike, scooter, and skateboard decorating contest will take place at 3:30, courtesy of Allegheny Cyclery, with a parade through downtown Warren to follow at 4. City of Warren Bicycle Patrol officers will lead the parade.

“Kids can come with their bikes already decorated or it can be done on Liberty Street with decorations provided,” Check said. “First place prizes will be awarded in three categories – most creative, most patriotic and best overall.”

“A large obstacle course bouncy house will be available for older kids to challenge a friend,” she said. “At 5 there will be a magician, balloon animals and story-telling.”

“Phase Two will present a fashion show at 6,” she said.

A variety of foods and drinks will be available throughout with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.

“The band 4$Mistake will kick off ‘Dancing in the Streets’ followed by a DJ playing all your favorite tunes,” she said. “There will be fun and games for kids of all ages. Come downtown and have an End of the Summer Blast!”