By JEN CARDINES
The 12th annual Southington Italian-American festival will be held July 29-31 this year on the lower portion of Center Street. The Sons of Italy, Southington UNICO, and the Chamber of Commerce once again will present this year’s event with traditional festivities, along with some exciting new features.
Town Councilor Dawn Miceli described the festival as being fashioned after festivals in Italy. “We follow many of the same traditions- in terms of having it on a street, i.e., a street festival and including an outdoor mass.”
The event is held in July, when the weather can be enjoyed as people walk down Center Street throughout the weekend. While locals can attend and benefit from the cultural activities and food, organizations benefit as well. Each year, two organizations are selected to receive some of the proceeds, this year’s recipients being House of Heroes and Southington Community Services.
For those who have never attended the festival, here is a glimpse at what you can expect. It is a community built weekend full of good music and food, where no two vendors are the same.
Miceli said, “We do not allow duplicates, so to speak. If one organization is selling sausage and peppers or pasta fagioli, another group cannot sell those items.”
Entertainment is produced by young residents of Southington that attend their schools. However, a special feature this year is the performances of Amerino and Maria, two singers coming from Italy. Another new highlight will be the meatball eating contest that is divided into two age brackets: children under 14 years of age, and people 14 years or older.