Festa Italia 2017

June 2-4 

Location

McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg

Admission & Raffle

Admission is $2 per day (no pets allowed).

Raffle
1st Prize: $1,500 CASH

2nd Prize: $1,000 CASH
3rd Prizes: 10 – $100 Cash prizes
Raffle tickets may be purchased for $10 each, or 3 for $25. You do not need to be present to win.

2017 Schedule of Events:

Friday 4:30 Festa opens
June 2 5:00-8:00 Pasta dinner (available all weekend)
  5:30-7:00 YID VICIOUS
  7:30-10:30 VO5
  11:00 Festa closes
     
Saturday 11:00 AM Festa opens
June 3 11:00 Bocce tournament – singles
  11:15-11:30 Welcome
  11:30-12:00 Scholarship presentations
  11:30-12:15 Cooking demonstration (Culture Tent)
  11:30-1:00 Madison 56’ers soccer exhibition
  12:00-12:45 IWC & IAWC member recognition
  12:45-1:30 Pasta eating contest 
  1:30-2:15 Italian folk dancers of Madison
  2:00-2:45 Cooking demonstration (Culture Tent)
  2:15-3:15 Flags of Italy parade & presentation
  3:00-4:00 Jim Giacalone-accordion (Culture Tent)
  3:30-5:00 THE ROUSERS
  5:30-7:30 UNIVERSAL SOUND
  8:30-10:45 STEELY DANE
  11:00 Festa closes
     
Sunday 10:00 Sunday mass (Culture Tent)
June 4 11:00 Festa opens
  11:00 Bocce tournament – doubles
  11:30-12:15 Cooking demonstration (Culture Tent)
  11:45-12:30 Italian folk dancers of Madison
  1:30-3:00 JOE SCALISSI
  3:30-5:30 THE JIMMYS
  6:00 Raffle drawing
  7:00 Festa closes
     
CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT
Saturday 3:00-6:00 Wayne the Wizard
Sunday 1:00 & 4:00 TRULY REMARKABLE LOON
Sunday 1:30-3:00 Face Painting by Karen
 

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Friends of Festa

Hausman-Johnson Insurance
Fraulini Guitar
Pepsi
Oak Bank
Glass Nickel Pizza

 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please fill out the form under “Contact Us” and note that you are interested in becoming a Festa Italia Sponsor and we’ll send you a list of the sponsor categories and benefits.

 

History

 

One of many legacies in the annals of the Italian Workmen’s Club will forever be the unforgettable Festa Italia. Grown and nourished from a healthy past of innocently planned picnics held at a variety of Madison locations, the celebration of our ethnicity grew into an undeniable weekend of pride today known as Madison ’s Premier Ethnic Festival.

The memories of longtime members and residents will quickly carry them back to Olin and Hoyt parks, to name just a few, but for me growing up in the 1940s, the place to be was at Brittingham Park in a blaze of verde, bianca, and russo, the green, white, and red of Italian flags furling where a park was accented with colored Indian blankets spread over the grass, and chairs were set up under the trees to encourage family and friends to gather throughout the day and into evening hours with picnic baskets packed with homemade food.

The Italian Workmen’s Club and Festa Italia welcome the support of businesses sponsoring this event!