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Community Day celebration set for DeBartolo Commons opening

The public is invited to enjoy free, safe and socially distanced outdoor activities for families.
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Southern Park Mall. (Photo by William D. Lewis | Mahoning Matters)

BOARDMAN — DeBartolo Commons at Southern Park Mall will kick off its grand opening with a Community Day celebration from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

During Community Day, the public is invited to enjoy free, safe and socially distanced outdoor activities for families.

“Our third annual Community Day is even more special as we celebrate the grand opening of DeBartolo Commons,” Brian Gabbert, general manager at Southern Park Mall, said in a news release. “The community has been eagerly awaiting this athletic and entertainment green space and event venue for over two years, and we are thrilled to welcome our guests to explore all that DeBartolo Commons has to offer.”

Community Day will kick off at noon with a performance by the Boardman High School marching band.

Also on tap:

  • Bounce houses and yard games, Boardman Police and Fire Department meet and greets and Touch a Truck, rock wall climbing, a selfie station provided by The Selfie Space, and Shelby’s Sugar Shop and Youngstown Clothing Co. pop-up shops;
  • Stilt walkers and bubble artists and complimentary train rides provided by All Smiles Aboard! from noon to 5 p.m.;
  • Pony rides and a petting zoo, face painting and strolling princesses and superheroes from noon to 4 p.m.;
  • Pumpkin painting led by Southern Park Mall’s The Art Café beginning at 1 p.m. for the first 100 children.
  • Caricature artist from 2 to 6 p.m. The Syndicate will take the stage from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and 80s Proof will conclude the evening with a performance from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Throughout the day, food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of local food trucks, including De Chellis Concessions, Le Macaron, Molnar’s Concessions, OH Donut and Ye Olde Kettle Corn.

The Beer Garden will open at 4:30 p.m., and guests age 21 and older can choose from a variety of beers, wine and seltzers to purchase. All proceeds from the sale of alcohol will benefit the Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program.

To further support the Sojourner House mission, guests are encouraged to bring a toiletry item or cleaning product to donate.

For more information about about Community Day and other events at Southern Park Mall, click here.

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