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Festival Italia takes place June 22

Fredonia’s Annual Festival Italia or otherwise known as the Fredonia Italian Heritage Festival will again be at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., this year on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children’s activities will include crafts, bingo, interactive exhibits, and much more! Meet Mario and Luigi from Mario Kart and Super Smash Brothers! Visit our local food and wine vendors!

Kicking off the activities in the morning will be the blessing of the festival and special Italian Dancers from Erie, Pa.! Late afternoon into the evening includes crafts and Italian themed vendors, lots of music and plenty of Italian food and wine. Listen to some great music from our Italian themed bands. Also, the Fredonia Beaver Club will be hosting a Morra numbers tournament, one of the oldest and loudest games in Italian history, with lots of laughs and plenty of fun. Come eat food, drink some wine, shop, dance, laugh and have a good time!

During your time at Festival Italia, please visit one of the on-site local restaurants offering Festival Italia specials – Mark’s Blasdell Pizza, Mr. D’s (Don Bennice) Italian Sausage, Rural Ministry spaghetti, meatballs and cannolis, Fred’s, CIAO’s Italian cookies and Gelati’s Italian Ice!

Grab some Italian themed merchandise items and basket raffle tickets at our Festivals Fredonia tent!

Don’t forget to sign up for the 5th Annual Fredonia’s Best Meatball Contest, and annual Wine Making Contest. Download the form at www.festivalsfredonia.ny.org/festival-italia

Schedule of events include:

— 11 a.m. — blessing of the Festival.

— 11 a.m. to noon — Italian Dancers from Erie, Pa.

— 11 a.m to 1 p.m. — children’s activities.

— 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — craft vendors.

— 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Food and wine vendors.

— 12:15 to 1 p.m. — Ian Messana Liedke

— 2 p.m. — Meatball, wine making contest winners announced.

— 2 p.m. — Wine garden under the tent!

— 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Happy Days Band

— 4 to 6 p.m. — The Formula Band

Stick around after the festival for another band provided by the Fredonia Beaver Club and enjoy the music by Party McFly!

Festivals Fredonia’s mission is to contribute to a high quality of life in Fredonia and surrounding communities by presenting lively, varied recreational and cultural opportunities to Village and area residents and visitors. Festivals Fredonia is always looking for energetic volunteers to assist in planning and carrying out each year’s festivals. Contact us at festivalsfredoniany@gmail.com.

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