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Italian Fest a huge success

August 18, 2008
By NIKKI YOUNK, Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN - The Second Annual Italian Fest in downtown Iron Mountain on Saturday was a huge success with approximately 2,000 people in attendance, said Main Street Coordinator Patrick Reagan.

The celebration was held in the parking lot adjacent to East A Street and Iron Mountain Street.

Local vendors supplied Italian cuisine such as porketta sandwiches, cornetti rolls, and wine. Kids enjoyed a play area, while adults played bocce ball and listened to various musical entertainment.

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Michael Frankini, top photo, participates in the spaghetti-eating contest at the Italian Fest in Iron Mountain. In the lower left photo, Joe Scalissi, the “New King of Cool” entertains the crowd. Sara Sparapani, left, in lower right photo and Lynn Johnson won the grape-stomping competition. For more photos, visit the CU site at

Especially popular were both the grape-stomping competition and the new spaghetti eating event.

The team of Sara Sparapani and Lynn Johnson won the grape-stomping competition, in which contestants crushed the fruit in order to produce the most juice in the allotted time.

Jordan Stanchina of Iron Mountain won the spaghetti eating contest, where he ate more pasta than his opponents without using his hands.

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"We received a lot of compliments for the spaghetti eating event and for the music by Joe Scalissi," said Reagan. "It was a very good day and I think people had a lot of fun."

He reported that the Main Street Program will be starting an audit on this year's festival in the coming weeks to decide what worked and what can be done differently for next year.

"We appreciate the support that the town showed us by attending," Reagan stated. "It's great to bring people to our great downtown area."

Reagan added that he would welcome any comments or suggestions for next year's festival.

He is available at the Main Street Office at 774-8530.

Nikki Younk's e-mail address is



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