Kids tend trees as part of Cherry Blossom Festival


On Wednesday, Mingo Junction celebrated its 10th annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

The afternoon showcased more than 20 cherry blossom trees planted in Mingo Junction. Event founders Jim and Kathy Freiling started the tradition to honor the history of Mingo Junction High School, which closed in 1993.

Every year local kids maintain the trees and learn about the area's heritage. They say it's rewarding to watch new generations take part in the tradition.

“It's just a great project. The kids love it and we love doing,” said Jim Freiling.

“It's just grown every year. It's just expanded and went like crazy,” said Kathy Freiling.

More than 40 kids tended the trees. The Freilings plan to continue the tradition next year.

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