West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival
Labor Day Weekend
The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will celebrate its 26th year, over Labor Day Weekend, September 3,4,5, 2004. The WVIHF has been rated among the "Top 100 Events in North America" by the ABA & a "Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society" for the month of August 2003.
It was born out of Love,
Love, and a pride in the cultural heritage of Italian-Americans in West Virginia, gave life to the idea of a festival in Clarksburg to honor the past, celebrate the present, and preserve rich traditions for future generations.
During the first West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in 1979, the wine flowed, tantalizing arrays of delectable food abound and the music was fast-paced. With color, pageantry, entertainment, events, contests, exhibitions and displays packing the streets of uptown Clarksburg, the festival was an instant success.
With each successive year, the little Festival has grown, and now is rated one of the "Top 100 Events in North America" including Canada and Mexico. Each year, this 3-day street festival brings over 150,000 visitors to Clarksburg.
From the opening ceremonies, when the royal court of Regina Maria (Regina meaning "Queen" and Maria the name of the first queen of Italy), is crowned, to its conclusion with the traditional festival ball, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival overflows with enjoyment.
Please join us and help to celebrate our 26th Annual Celebration! This is a landmark year and promises to carry on its tradition of being one of the state's most spectacular and colorful events!