YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you’re driving through downtown Youngstown on Saturday, expect road closures, security personnel and a sea of people — all for Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan, who is hosting a campaign rally to launch his presidential bid.
Roads were already closing on Friday to prepare for the event, like W. Federal Street between Symphony Place and S. Hazel Street. The area will be closed until 6 p.m. Saturday.
Downtown events coordinator Terrill Vidale says parking will be available throughout downtown, but it’s best to arrive early. Some parking is designated at 311 W. Federal Street.
Two Youngstown residents plan on attending the rally to support Congressman Ryan.
“We need someone that’s gonna be there for our people. We need somebody that’s gonna clean up the violence,” said Kenneth Adams, of Youngstown.
“I’m looking for him to come in and make a great rally, get the people riled up and we can all come together as one unit and vote for him. He’s our guy,” said Edward Lee Johnson, of Youngstown.
Johnson says he has always followed Ryan while growing up in the Valley, so it’s great to see a local candidate running for president.
Entrance gates will open at 1 p.m. One is at W. Federal and S. Hazel streets, and the other is at W. Federal Street and Symphony Place. There will be metal detectors at each entrance. Attendees are not permitted to bring guns, knives, laser pointers, air horns, noisemakers or large backpacks.
The city is making sure the event is safe and fun for everyone.
Between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., free food and drinks will be available.
The rally begins at 2 p.m. outside the Youngstown Business Incubator at 241 W. Federal Street.
The first 300 people to arrive will receive a free T-shirt.