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These are a few slides I put together for those who enjoy going to an Italian Festival. A beautiful tradition started some 32 years ago in Clarksburg, West Virginia and quickly grew to be a major Festival in the United States. Rated the 4 th largest.

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    1. These are a few slides I put together for those who enjoy going to an Italian Festival. A beautiful tradition started some 32 years ago in Clarksburg, West Virginia and quickly grew to be a major Festival in the United States. Rated the 4th largest. .

    2. This Year’s Festival will celebrate its 32nd Anniversary, September 3, 4 and 5, 2010. The WVIHF has been rated among the "Top 100 Events in North America" by the ABA, a "Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society" & on of the "Top 4 Italian Festival's" in the nation by the National Sons of Italy. It was born out of Love, and a pride in the cultural heritage of Italian-Americans in West Virginia,

    3. During the first West Virginia Italian Festival in 1979, the wine flowed, tantalizing arrays of delectable food abound and the music was fast-paced. With color, pageantry, entertainment, events, contests, exhibitions and displays packing the streets of uptown Clarksburg, the Festival was an instant success. People flock to this little town and fill the hotels and motels of the surrounding cities. A great fun event, and a great way to also have “reunions.”

    4. The Main Street is blocked off

    5. The courthouse is converted into the main stage.

    6. Standing room only or bring your own chairs egemen gül

    7. It Starts usually with a Thursday Pasta cook off. And A dinner honoring the Italian Man of the year, and Italian Woman of the Year. This year I am told that it is Bobby and Donnie Adams from Las Vegas, who of course are originally from Clarksburg. Successful owners of All State Tours of Las Vegas. Here is a list of past Italian Man of the year.

    8. Singers and Dancers perform all day long

    9. Past Man of the Year Awards • 1980 Nicholas T. Camicia1981 Dr. Jay Arena1982 Leo Vecellio1983 Capt. Tom Paul Scott, USN1984 Dr. K. Alvin Merendino1985 Robert DeProspero1986 Lt. Gen. Leonard H. Perroots1987 Michael C. Paterno1988 Joseph Antonini1989 Rear Admiral Thomas Lopez1990 Larry Ciccarelli1991 Brig. Gen. Tom Mancinelli1992 Dr. Thomas Mazzocco1993 Angelo S. Petitto1994 Augustine A. Mazzei, Jr.1995 Joseph L. Tropea1996 Frank A. Oliverio1997 Larry Argiro1998 Joseph F. Fuscaldo1999 Andrew J. Paterno2000 Lucius Cavallero2001 Victor Basile2002 Father Hilarion Cann2003 A. James Manchin2004 Russell Bonasso & Samuel Bonasso2005 Carmine J. Cann2006 Joseph M. Minard2007 Leonard J. "Joe" Trupo & Louis J. "Zeke" Trupo2008 Michael A. Oliverio2009 Governor Joe Manchin III

    10. Not unusual to see people dancing in the streets all hours day and night during the festival

    11. Betty danced at every festival that I can remember

    12. Constant Entertainment For all ages

    13. A great Master of Ceremonies, every year Providing great Music and Entertainment all day long Throughout the festival. “Amici”

    14. Homemade Italian Dishes Everywhere

    15. Believe me its’s not Digorno’s

    16. The streets are cleared and the dancers do their folk dances on a moments notice throughout the day and during the night.

    17. Always entertainment for the Children

    18. As for the kids this picture says it all

    19. Saturday morning is Parade Day

    20. The parade has a little bit of everything. Celebrities Grand Marshals, Politicians. Singers and Comedians. Local High School Bands Church dignitaries and a lot of Community Clubs and organiza- tions. It is really a lot of fun for all. The officials and guest carry lot of hard candy on the floats, And shower the kids along the way with lots of candy. It’s a great time for everyone and all ages. The following is a list of just a few of the past Grand Marshals and celebrity guests

    21. Here are a few of our past Grand Marshals COACH’S ROLLIE MASSIMINO AND TOMMY LASORDA. Champion Pool Player WILLI MOSCONI. Champion Boxer, the great ROCKY GRAZZINO. Many more I’ve forgotten. Some great entertainers such as singer Jerry Vale, The Gaylords, Sam Buterra, Al Martino, The list goes on and on. The West Virginia Italian Festival is by far the best. I really hope you get to see at least one.

    22. Scubby is a regular favorite

    23. a Queen and her Court Is Honored In The Parade

    24. Snoopy get in on the act too! Lots of fun for the kids

    25. Long time friend and State Senator Joe Minard

    26. GRAND MARSHAL ROD HUNDLEY WVU’S VERY OWN

    27. Kids still go nuts over these guys too,Tom and Jerry

    28. Here we have Pauly greeting Bob & John Adams

    29. This year’s Italian Man of the Year award goes to these brothers.

    30. Nicky and wife Joretta Roxy Tommy Carmen

    31. Mr. and Mrs. John Adams and Tom Basile

    32. TWO PAULS C H I C A R E L L R O M A N O