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Did you know that one out of five Americans have Italian Heritage? Early railroad building and mining attracted Italian workers to Clinton, Indiana. Those ancestors built an authentic gondola, the Quaido Staggiori Fountain, and a vine covered  wine garden to help celebrate their heritage with everybody during  Labor Day Weekend. The whole town turns out for the parade, great food, dancing, music, fun and games.

Onions, button mushrooms, mashed potatoes and steak was a delicious concoction. One guy told me he drives 30 miles to this festival every year just for this dish, so I had to taste it.

Tenderloin on a bun was a popular dish as well as three inch thick barbecued pork chops, bagna caud, mosticcioli, calamari salad, Italian sausages, lasagna…ummmm! All types of authentic Italian fare with Italian wedding cakes and cannelloni for desert as well.
The problem for a foodie like me is the limited number of dishes I can taste. I don’t remember attending a festival with so many great food booths.

Entertainment was provided by local groups of kids, cheerleaders, dance troups and so on. Evening entertainment provided by Italian Singers, several Polka Bands, and a Hillbilly Band on Monday.

A carnival set-up keeps its promise of thrills for young and old.

Local organizations fund raise with games for all ages. Every year the Festival raffles off a trip to Italy, and I hope I win.

You can learn how to make wine and stomp grapes, sample sauce from the Spaghetti Sauce Cookoff, enjoy Italian Singers, tumbling, cloggers.  If you are in the area, don’t miss it. Check the schedule at:

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Little Italy Festival, Clinton, Indiana

Jim says:

Yesterday was the nicest weather-wise day we’ve experienced in some time. 74 degrees, mostly sunny, moderate humidity and a nice breeze. So Mary and I drove the Bronco about 10 Miles to Clinton, Indiana to attend the 44th Annual Little Italy Festival. If you hold an event and want Mary to attend…just use the word festival in the title…and Mary will show up. 🙂

Years ago many immigrants moved into this area to work as coal miners. Many of them were Italian and their descendants remain in this area today.

The festival was mostly a bunch of food vendors…some selling Italian-type food and some carnival rides. As usual Mary sampled the food well…see two samplings below. I had two smallish sandwiches…sausage and meatball…unfortunately not as good as I experienced…both in size and in taste… in the Italian section of Revere, Massachusetts a few weeks back. The 16 ounce Miller Lite Beer in the local Eagles Club for $1.25 was great! There was a parade Friday evening which we did not attend.

Here are five photos that I took…


Here’s the official Little Italy Festival website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Little Italy festival…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Clinton, Indiana…,_Indiana

Cooler temperatures last night made for the best night’s sleep in a long while.

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