MARQUETTE - The 113th annual St. Rocco-St. Anthony Society of Ishpeming's Italian Fest, a day of enjoying food, music and family, is set for noon Saturday at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming.
The daylong picnic is open to the public at no charge. Many of the children's activities are offered free of charge.
Visitors can once again enjoy homemade Italian food cooked by the Valela sisters - Teresa Bertucci, Catherine Carlson, Clara Joseph and Mary Jacobson which is to be sold at the society's food booth.
In addition, various vendors will be serving cudighis, Italian sandwiches, hot dogs, sno cones, ice cream novelties and much more. Other highlights of Italian Fest include bingo, a greased pole ($100 prize), free pony rides, a large glide slide, Euro bungee jump, children's games, games of chance and several arts and crafts vendors.
The musical entertainment this year includes Ray and Dan Adamini playing throughout the park from noon-1:30 p.m.; Soundz of Time with Jan and Gino on stage from 2-4 p.m.; the Ishpeming Blue Notes drum and bugle corps at 4 p.m.; and the Diamanti band from Chicago, performing classic contemporary Italian and American music, from 5-7 p.m.
The full name of the sponsoring organization is The Italian American Mutual Aid Society of St. Rocco and St. Anthony of Padua. Although the annual Italian Fest is the organization's largest and most visible event, the group also provide various works of charity to the community.
For more information, visit ishpemingitalianfest.com.