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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -  It's where you can listen live music and find locally hand-crafted items to take home.

The Summer Festival of the Arts is taking over Youngstown State University's campus this weekend. 

This is where signature dishes from around the globe can be found all in one place. The Polish Arts Club plans to serve close to 3,000 pierogies to visitors by the event's end Sunday evening.

"They like that homemade flavor, so we use potato and cheese in our pierogies, there's that love that we give them when we pinch them together to make them special," Mary Ann Mlynarski says, club member.

Local artists are sharing and selling creations that often take hours, even weeks to make. Shelly Krok crafts wearable glass art for her local business Shellybeads.com.

"I start making the item and when it all comes together, it turns into something that I'm just in love with until I sell it and then somebody else loves it," Krok says. 

It's the love for the arts that she and other vendors enjoy sharing with the crowds.

Showing off local talents can even mean more business.

Black Walnut Alpacas creates felt and knit-wear products in Vienna and often sees customers after the summer season.

"People are great here and they really have supported us, they've come back to my farm throughout the year from this festival," Jeri Hamilton says, owner of Black Walnut Alpacas.

Click here for a list of events happening in the area this weekend.
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