IRON MOUNTAIN - Pizza dough tossing, grape stomping, Italian Idol competition, music and food are just some of the things that make up the heritage event held in Iron Mountain.
The sixth annual Italian Fest is returning to downtown Iron Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 18 from noon to 11 p.m. It will be held in the parking lot located at the intersection of East A and Iron Mountain streets.
The cost is $5 a person and the proceeds go to support community improvement efforts. People participating in the Tour de Dickinson bike ride that day are admitted free to Italian Fest as well as children, age 12 and under.
Chris Iverson, left, Aimee Tatangelo, center, and Lucas Cavalieri participate in the grape stomping competition at the 2011 Italian Fest in downtown Iron Mountain. This year’s Italian Fest is this Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. Cost is $5 per person.
Angie DuBose/Daily News Photo
Organizers noted that Italian Fest would not be complete without the Italian food available from vendors that include Antonio's, Crispigna's, Hillcrest Catering, Northside Noodle, Pasty Oven and Poor Boy Roys. Wine, beer and other beverages will be available all day under the beer tent.
A bocce ball court and Italian Market will also be set up for the day. Inflatable bounce houses and games will be provided for children from noon to 8 p.m. by Abracadabra and Abundant Life Church.
The emcee for the Italian Fest activities is Tom Gursky.
The day begins at noon with an opening ceremony and the singing of "God Bless America" in both English and Italian by Ralph Izzo.
Performing from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. will be Ritchie Stanek with Tom Gursky. The Italian Fest King and Queen crowning is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. and the group Rare Gold is playing from 2:15
p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
The pizza dough tossing competition is planned for 3 p.m., Italian Idol singing competition at 4 p.m., and grape stomp event at 5:30 p.m. Other performances include Jan & Gino at 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Cadillacs will be rounding out the day's entertainment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
"These great local musicians and events help make Italian Fest more authentic. We are looking forward to another great community event and appreciate everyone supporting this wonderful heritage festival," said Jonathon Ringel, Main Street/DDA manager.
Organizers also said that several local sponsors have helped to make this event possible including First National Bank & Trust Co., which is a signature sponsor. Other sponsors for the 2012 event are Bacco Construction Co., River Valley Bank, Dickinson Area Tourism Association, MJ Electric, Santini Family Dentistry, Champion Inc., Northern Star Industries, Results Broadcasting, Bink's Coca-Cola, CCI, Culligan Water Conditioning, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Dickinson County Healthcare System, Super One Foods, The Music Tree, Antonio's Pizza, The Miller Agency, Slumberland Furniture, Wells Fargo, and Ameriprise Financial - Marc J. Mogan.
Applications for the Italian Idol, Pizza Dough Tossing and Grape Stomp competitions will be available at the Iron Mountain DDA/Main Street office at Iron Mountain City Hall, 501 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain. Applications must be returned by Thursday at 4 p.m.
For more information go to the website at ironmountaindowntown.com/?italianfest or call Ringel at the Main Street office at 774-8534.
Linda Lobeck's e-mail address is llobeck@ironmountaindailynews,com.