The Italian Festival returns to Mount Morris for a three day weekend filled with family fun. The weekend kicks off on Friday, August 17th with the Rotary Italian Dinner, as the festival celebrates Mount Morris’ extensive Italian heritage. Friday also heralds the opening of the wine, beer and cider tent as well as live entertainment by Frank Gallelli and Friends. Live entertainment continues throughout the events with such guests as Terry "Elvis" Buchwald, the Moondance Band, Paolo and Felice, Off the Wagon and the Skylighters. This evening features sign-ups for lotteries and basket raffles, as well. The evening begins at 5pm and ends around 10pm, and many of its activities are more adult in nature.
Saturday opens at 10am and runs all day until 10pm. Free activities for children can be found in the bustling Kid’s Area, and activities run from 12pm to 5:30pm. Kid’s Area features include a bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides and face painting. Music, food tents and craft vendors will be situated along Main Street and in Bellamy Park. Returning favorites such as artichoke French and Italian ices will be present as well as some new faces. The wine, beer and cider tent will reopen at noon. Also, Mills Mansion will be open and offering free brownie sundaes and tours from 1pm - 4pm.
The Second Annual Ross Barnes Memorial Vintage Baseball Game will begin at 11:30am with the Live Oak Baseball Club of Rochester facing off against the local Mount Morris Stars. This game is a great way to enjoy baseball, celebrate history and support the community at the same time. The evening will finish off with a free firework display, courtesy of McDonald's, set to musical accompaniment, courtesy of the Skylighters.
Sunday will launch with breakfast at the Kiwanis stand and will delight visitors with the ever-popular Good Ol’ Boys Car Show which proudly displays a variety of vehicles from the beginning of the previous century to the present day. A free bicycle giveaway, featuring one boys bike and one girls bike, will take place in the afternoon at the Rotary stand. The Kids’ Area will open once again at noon, featuring the same favorites as yesterday as well as welcoming Mr. Scribbles and his interactive drawings.
The wine, beer and cider tent will also open again at noon, and musicians Paolo and Felice will be strolling through the festival, entertaining visitors with their songs. Winners of the lotteries and raffles will be announced later in the afternoon, and the entire festival will conclude at around 5pm. With several free activities for children and many vendors catering to adults, this festival is an enjoyable weekend event for the entire family.