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Staff Photo / R. Michael Semple Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, center, and the kids count down Friday night before Bella Stern, 7, from Warren, in a red coat on the far right, lights up the Christmas tree during the Hometown Holidays celebration event in Courthouse Square.

WARREN – In what could be Warren Town’s warmest Christmas party, the kids ran Friday night around Courthouse Square, many without coats.

Temperatures were in the 1950s as the town marked the annual hometown holiday celebration in the plaza coordinated for the first year by the Trumbull County Historical Society and the Trumbull County Board of Fine Arts.

One popular attraction was a carriage ride around Courthouse Square. Hundreds of people were waiting to be driven into the car drawn by a Percheron draft horse nearly 8 feet tall.

“We are so happy to be here. The horse-drawn carriage rides were a success. The good weather made it easier to get around. I didn’t need to wear my gloves. said Kellie Rettinger, one of the operators of Whispery Pines Percheron Carriage Rides in Kingsville.

Sarah Braun from Warren, with her son Alex Keck, 3, said the line was a bit long to wait for a carriage ride.

“I love to see so many people here enjoying the beautiful place. We live a few blocks from here and have a business downtown, so it’s really nice to see so many families with kids enjoying our city ”, Braun said.

Leroy Meyer of Ashtabula sold toy lightsabers in many colors, popular among children.

“The kids love them. I came with 50, and they left quickly ”, he said.

Mary Currie of Youngstown bought a multicolored one for her granddaughter, Lillian Avery, 9, of Youngstown.

“We want to take a carriage ride. This event is free and fun. It’s great that the city has something like this. Youngstown should do something like that too ”, said Currie.

The event included photos of Santa Claus with the courthouse in the background, live music and games.

City Security Director Eddie Colbert said he was glad the weather was good for the event, but snowflakes wouldn’t bother him for the holiday season,

“There is no scene more picturesque than the snowflakes with the holiday lights and that beautiful backdrop. The Economos family and the Saratoga decorated the trees and we thank them. They did a great job. said Colbert.

He said Meghan Reed, director of the historical society, and James Shuttic of the Fine Arts Council have stepped up to ensure the holiday event takes place despite a limited number of volunteers.

“We didn’t want to see Hometown Holidays Christmas on the Square canceled. The mayor said to me, “Somehow we’re going to get there. Meghan and James were great to step in and organize all of this. It’s a success thanks to them and everyone else. said Colbert.

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