West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

September, Labor Day weekend
This three-day street festival in Clarksburg, W.Va., celebrates Italian culture. The festival began in 1979 and attracts from 175,000 to 200,000 visitors for tastes of food, music, dance, crafts, and sports. A queen, known as Regina Maria, reigns over the festivities. Distinctively Italian events are a bocci tournament, a homemade wine contest, a pasta cookoff (prizes for the best red sauce and best white sauce) for both professional and amateur cooks, and Italian religious observances. There are also strolling musicians, organ grinders, and puppeteers.
About 40 percent of Clarksburg's population is of Italian descent. Italians came here around the turn of the century for plentiful coal-mining jobs and it is said the mountains are reminiscent of those in northern Italy.
CONTACTS:
West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival
340 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 1632
Clarksburg, WV 26302
304-622-7314; fax: 304-622-5727
www.wvihf.com
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