Italian Festa Sunday

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The Italian American Society of Peoria will hold its 85th Annual Italian Summer Festa from noon-7 p.m. Sunday at Hickory Grove Park in North Peoria. (Hickory Grove Road off Knoxville Ave, follow signs).

The Summer Festa Picnic is a long-standing family event held by the Society every year since its founding in 1929 as a time for Italian families to get together for fellowship and support, and has since developed into a non-profit, fun, family-centered community event, bringing a small piece of Italy and its traditions to central Illinois.

The Festa is the major fund raiser for their three scholarship programs. So far we have given over $70,000 to college students.

Once again, they are honored to have the authentic Italian recipes prepared by Barrack’s Cater Inn.

The menu will include lasagna or spaghetti meals with salads, also meatball or sausage sandwiches, Italian beef and of course Italian desserts including cannoli and pizzelles.

Drinks include Italian and domestic beers, wine, soda and water.

Fun, traditional Italian American music will be provided by The Vince Chiarelli Band.

They will again have our Regalia Gift Shop with all kinds of Italian T-shirts, hats, pins and their Society cook books.

There will be Bocce tournaments, an arts and craft village and a car show.

Other events and attractions will include scholarship awards, an inflatable attraction, a face painter and various other games. Kids Corner open from 12:30-5 p.m.

Admission is $3 at the gate. Children under 12 are free and so is parking.

Contact Dave at 383-4684 for special discounts for youth groups of 15 or more.

Further information can be found at their website: