IRON MOUNTAIN - Stefano Pelinga, four-time World Champion Pool Trick Shot Artist, will be appearing during Iron Mountain's Italian Fest from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Izzo-Mariucci Center of the Iron Mountain Public Schools.
Stefano, born in Rome, Italy is cousin of the Carubini families of Iron Mountain and Breitung Township. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin.
Stefano won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to "artistic pool," commonly referred to in its practice as "trick shots." In a few years, Stefano became not only the reference point but a true idol for fans of this exciting game worldwide, earning the names of "Mr. Trick Shots" and "The Master" from his loyal fans.
Stefano has given the sport considerable international exposure by performing exhibitions, organizing competitions and raising funds for a variety of charitable organizations with his personal appearances.
He has been featured for over ten years in the prestigious ESPN's televised tournaments, as well as in articles and on the covers of many pool and billiards publications around the globe.
In addition to having won several international titles, Stefano's achievements have been numerous and remarkable in other facets of the sport: he produced best-selling instructional videos and he was appointed official instructor of cue sports by FIBIS (Italian Billiards Federation) and CONI (Italian Olympic Committee). He was also awarded the honorary title of professor of Sport Games by the University of Kharkov (Ukraine).
Stefano has the largest repertoire of trick shots and is able to execute more than 1,000 unique and "fancy" shots.
Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN's Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. His appearance is one of the official events of this year's Iron Mountain Italian Fest.
Cost to the all day Italian Fest, centered in downtown Iron Mountain is $5, and attendees are provided with official wristbands which will be required for admission to Pelinga's Trick Shot Demonstration at the Izzo-Mariucci Center.
Pelinga's appearance at Italian Fest is sponsored by Iron Mountain Iron Mine in Vulcan, (Dennis Carollo) and The Pasty Oven of Quinnesec (Gene Carollo). The official pool table to be used by Pelinga is provided by Best Shot Billiards of Iron Mountain.