Mon. 8:19pm: Anti-Frac campout, festival planned for weekend

GARRETTSVILLE – Some 500 opponents of hydraulic fracturing from the United States and Canada will gather this weekend for an outdoor music and educational festival planned for a Portage County campground and park, an organizer said.

The event, being billed as an “International Gathering” at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, also will help serve as a campaign fundraiser for an anti-frac “Community Bill of Rights” issue set to appear on the November Youngstown ballot.

“The goal (of the event) is to unite everybody and have fun,” said one of the organizers, John D. Williams of McDonald. “We have all heard the speakers speak, but there’s a lot of new people that need to hear it.”

Other organizers include “No Fracking Way America,” and “FrackFree Mahoning.”

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