Italian Fall Festa includes a spaghetti eating contest.
Photo: Italian Fall Festa
Photo: Italian Fall Festa

Italian Fall Festa organizers look for better weather this year — and it looks like they’ll get it

‘If you liked our food in the pouring-down rain, you’re going to love it in the sunshine,’ festival organizer says

Organizers of this year’s 42nd annual Italian Fall Festa are owed some fine weather by the weather gods after a near-washout in 2018 prompted them to create a drive-through “Grab ‘n Go” operation to help sell the copious amounts of delicious Italian food that highlight the event each year.

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And early forecasts suggest a fine, rain-free weekend appears to be in store for the Italian Fall Festa, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at 2625 County Line Road in Kettering. 

“If you liked our food in the pouring-down rain, you’re going to love it in the sunshine,” Brian Andzik, the Italian Fall Festa’s chif organizer, said of this year’s event. 

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WHAT TO EAT

The food-filled festival features baked pasta dinners on Friday, stuffed shells on Saturday and spaghetti and meatballs on Sunday. Other Italian favorites that will be available throughout the weekend include calzones; sausage, meatball, Italian Beef and Muffaletta sandwiches; pizza; and Italian soups. At the Italian (of course) deli, festival-goers can dine on salads, breads and cheeses. Beer, wine, Italian beverages and soft drinks will be available to wash down the authentic homemade Italian dishes. A limited-edition Warped Wing brew, Limone Lager, will be available as supplies last.

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And then there are the desserts: Italian cannolis, pastries, cakes, gelato and other items are available to eat at the Festa, or to take home. 

There will be live Italian music, and, at 3 p.m. Sunday, the annual spaghetti-eating contest for both children and adults. 

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A “pre-festa” lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday by calling (937) 258-3600 and “stopping by to pick up your order to share with your friends back at the office,” according to a release. An annual 5K “Meatball Madness Run” will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday. Registration is available online at www.italianfallfesta.com

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Admission and parking are free. A free shuttle service will be available to and from the Reynolds & Reynolds parking lots to the north of the festival venue.

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Italian Fall Festa is put on by the John Pirelli Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America. 

WANT TO GO?

What: Italian Fall Festa  

When: Sept. 6 from 6-11 p.m., Sept. 7. from noon to 11 p.m. and Sept. 8 from noon to 8 p.m.  

Where: Sons of Italy - Dayton, John Pirelli Lodge #1633, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering  

Admission: Free 

More info: italianfallfesta.com

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