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Third and final WaterFire Sharon event hits the city

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SHARON, Pa. - The third and final WaterFire event of the year will be underway on Saturday, and organizers are expected nothing less than greatness.

Jenn Barborak, Director of Operations for WaterFire Sharon, says close to 20,000 people are expected at the third installation.

This event's theme, Up and Around, challenges people to "think of the unexpected," Barborak says. Oh Wow! Children's Center for Science and Technology will be participating in the event, teaching children about outer space.

Allan Redfern, a native of Providence, Rhode Island and contributor to the original WaterFire, has attended all three WaterFire Sharon events. Redfern assisted in starting WaterFire Providence 20 years ago.

"I was there and I started participating almost immediately after it started because I got so excited about it," says Redfern.

WaterFire Providence has a consistent theme, and Barborak says switching themes is distinct to Sharon. She says the city has worked tirelessly to contribute to all three of this year's events.

"The city has been wonderful. We couldn't have chosen better people to work with. It's been absolutely overwhelming support from the city. They've had to work very hard to get additional infrastructure, additional electric for vendors. Anything we've asked for they have been very accommodating," Barborak says.

Next year, Barborak says they plan to have three events again. However, she is hoping to have at least seven weeks between each show, as opposed to this year's three week span.

One-hundred lit torches carried by community representatives lined the street for the inaugural WaterFire Sharon event, which drew an estimated crowd of more than 30,000 people.

Barnabe Evans, the artist who created WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island, participated in a symbolic passing of the torch from the people of Providence to the people of the Shenango Valley.

The second WaterFire Sharon event, themed "WorldFire Expo,"  showcased people dressed in regalia from different countries. Over 10,000 people were expected to be in attendance.

Saturday's event will begin at 1 p.m. with the torch lighting procession beginning at 7 p.m. WaterFire will conclude at 11 p.m.

A shuttle service is available.

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