Thursday, August 4, 2011

15th Annual Wellsville Italian Festival Opens Tonight

It's time once again for the much anticipated annual Italian Festival which is sponsored by Wellsville's SOI Lodge 657. With Main Street blocked off from 3rd to nearly 4th the 15th Annual Wellsville Italian Festival is set to open with ceremonies tonight at 6 PM. The festival runs for three days from Thursday, August 4, through Saturday, August 6 starting at 6 PM each evening. As their program states “The purpose of the festival is to share some of the Italian culture and customs such as friendship, great food and fantastic entertainment”.

After opening ceremonies this evening The Frank Gallo Band will be entertaining the crowd as he has done on opening nights for the past fourteen years. Festival Master of Ceremonies Joe LaScola told us this morning that there will be a surprise celebrity visit sometime during tonight's opening. LaScola said he was sworn to secrecy on who it might be but promises it will be special.

In addition to great entertainment there will be food and beverage vendors enough to satisfy anyone's appetite along with the crowd pleasing Fiesta ware and homemade cake games . At the top of the list is homemade Italian meatball and sausage sandwiches lovingly prepared by members of the SOI. They're delicious.

Pictured above is SOI President Rocco DaLonzo tending to some of the last minute details. In the other picture with their backs to the camera is Joe LaScola, Kris Vallera, Mac Comparetto and Steve Vallera lending a hand.

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