WARREN, Pa. – A little more than three years ago, a massive fire tore through Warren Tire Center. Owner Corky Fry almost immediately said the plan was to rebuild one of Warren’s east end staples and the community rallied in support.
On Saturday, Fry and Warren Tire Center will host an event to help give back to the community.
The Warren Summer Celebration will be held from noon – 6 p.m. at Lacy Park, and it promises to be a treat for the whole family.
“My motivation was two-fold,” said Fry. “Number one is to reveal the magnificent Lacy Park that’s been renovated. It’s the Taj Mahal of playgrounds. Number two is the community has been so supportive of us after we had the fire, it’s a way to give back.”
Fry is fully invested in giving back to the community, and, as he said, this was the perfect opportunity. The planning process has been exhaustive, but it’s something he has thoroughly enjoyed.
“My wife always said I could be a game show host,” he said. “I do enjoy interacting with people. It’s a small town, we all know each other and I think that has a lot to do with it.”
While kids are the target audience, there will be plenty for the adults to enjoy as well.
There will be a bounce house and rock climbing wall, as well as food trucks and vendors (Wild Wind Crafts among them), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“I’ve really stressed that it’s a fun, family activity for everyone to enjoy,” Fry said. “There are going to be a lot of fun things for children, but also adult-type things as well. Brokenstraw Valley Winery is going to be selling wine, the Warren County Historical Society is going to be here, and of course, we’ll have the rock climbing and bounce house too. We’re really stretching a lot of different directions with what we’re doing.”
There are going to be ‘crazy carts’ for kids, something Fry said is a must to check out for the young ones. “Of course, we’re going to make them wear helmets,” he said. “And the bounce house, you can’t go wrong with that.”
The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be present, as well as 4-H and the fire department will be rotating some different trucks around.
“This has slowly blossomed into something much bigger than what I possibly thought,” Fry said.
There’s also going to be a variety of food vendors for kids and adults alike to choose from.
“There’s going to be a wide range of food, and people love food,” Fry added.
Fry stressed the Lacy Park factor. Adam Meneo and the Rotary Club of Warren were the driving force behind the Multi-Sensory Playground, and Saturday is yet another chance to show it off.
“They were the ones that were really instrumental in raising the money for the playground,” Fry said. “They are now in the process of raising money for an artificial surface to replace the wood chips that are there now.”
They also got a big assist from the City of Warren, who Fry was also quick to thank.
“One of the things I want to stress is just how cooperative the city has been,” Fry noted. “Mike Holtz (Director of Public Works), Joe Reinke (Public Works Superintendent) and Kassie Damcott (Department Secretary) have been great. Without their cooperation, this doesn’t happen.”
There will be different activities throughout the day as well, with the Zem Zem Hornets, Rick Johnson (Martial Arts), Molly Dies Dance Unlimited and Anytime Fitness among those who will be taking part.
There may be a fun surprise or two as well.
“This is a family-oriented event,” Fry said. “That’s what I like so much about it.”