LISBON - A harvest festival to raise money for the Employment Development Inc. (EDI) in the county will feature members of the PRIME Wrestling group that came through the area in July.
The 16th annual Harvest Festival is to promote awareness about the services provided through the sheltered workshops, EDI habilitation manager Holly Adams said in a statement.
EDI has a central location at 8330 County Home Road and another on Sprucevale Road in East Liverpool.
EDI clients are already gearing up for the 16th Annual Harvest Festival this Friday, which will feature a new addition — two live wrestling matches by independent professional wrestlers Johnny Gargano, Gregory Iron and Bobby Beverley. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ray DeWalt and Jeremy Carr; (middle row), Matt Ray, Michael Bertschy, Prime Wrestling promoter William (last name without by request), Ron Leupe, David Brabant, and Holly Adams; (back row) James Hudson. (Submitted photo)
Money raised will benefit the client council and Robert Bycroft levy, which Adams said supports programs for people with disabilities.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the central location and includes a raffle, bake sale, crafters and vendors, candle sales and live entertainment. Food will also be available for lunch or carry out. Ticket auction sales end at 12:30 p.m.
"This day presents us with an opportunity to showcase the services provided to people with disabilities in Columbiana County. It also is a chance for the public to see the capabilities of the people that we serve," Adams said.
Entertainment will feature a Bret Michaels tribute singer and two live professional wrestling matches. Scheduled performers are Prime Wrestling Entertainment member "The Whole Shebang" Johnny Gargano and "The Handicapped Hero" Gregory Iron, and Bobby Beverley.
Gargano and Iron wrestled side-by-side this summer at the Guilford Lake Grille during a taping for a TV airing on Sportstime Ohio, a FOX Sports owned station.
The wrestlers are part of the independent circuit and matches are taped regularly throughout Ohio.
A Prime Wrestling Entertainment promoter said the group focuses on doing something to benefit the local communities they visit in some way. In July wrestlers met with members of the Robert Bycroft workshop in Lisbon before the taped matches, which later aired nationally on PRIME, a one-hour PG-rated program on DirecTV and Dish Network.
The match on Friday will not be taped.