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The Mercer County Italian American Festival invites you to share your story of growing up Italian (or with Italian friends).   We all have stories that our grandparents or parents passed down to us or that we lived ourselves that, when shared, create a common bond among all of us.  So tell us your story in 250 words or less and include a photo related to the story.  Selected stories and photos are published on the festival website.

Click here to submit your story.
Click here to read stories!

Rain or Shine

NO PETS ALLOWED

Join us as we celebrate our Italian and Italian American Heritage and Culture at the 15th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival, September 26, 27, 28, 2014.

Festival Hours

 Friday SaturdaySunday
3pm - 10pm12n - 11pm12n - 9:30pm

 

Admission
Adults: $5.00

Senior Citizens, 65 years of age and older: $4.00 - compliments of
BAYADA Home Health Care

Children, 12 years of age and younger: FREE - compliments of
XFINITY®, from Comcast

Handicapped
Persons using a wheelchair or walker receive FREE Admission.  Use South Post Road entrance for handicapped parking.

Military
Military personnel in uniform receive FREE Admission.

Food Piazza
Enjoy Italian specialties from many of the area's best Italian restaurants and vendors plus stop by our wine and beer gardens for a refreshing beverage.

Italian Market Tent

Peruse the many offerings in our Italian Market and puchase Italian and Italian-America handcrafted products from numerous vendors. 

Italian Heritage Pavilion
View memorabilia with over 200 displays of important and famous Italian-Americans who have made a contribution to our Country. Check out more Italian products, crafts and organizations. Plus enjoy a touch of Rome at the near-life-size replica of the world-famous Trevi Fountain presented by First Choice Bank.  Toss a coin in the fountain and make a wish.  Coins benefit Ryan's Quest.

Bocce
Play BOCCE!  Play individually or bring a team, play in a tournament or play for fun, or just come and learn the game in the new Bocce area located in the center of festival grounds. Call 609-631-7544 for more information.

Cultural Theater
Listen to guest speakers and watch cooking demonstrations.  Now located in the Italian Heritage Pavilion

Dining Tents
Dine in covered seating areas
Provided by K McCoy Insurance Agency and Rose Hill Assisted Living Community

Dance Tents
Dance to your favorite performers on covered dance floors. 

Amusement Rides
Enjoy more than twenty amusement rides for the whole family, provided by our new ride company, Majestic Midways.  Rides are open all three days of the festival (see hours above).  Rides require two to five amusement ride tickets with most in the three to four tickets range.  Tickets cost $1.50 each for quantities below 25 and $1.00 each for quantities of 25 or more.  (Minimum purchase is two tickets). 
Tickets may be purchased at the Amusement Ride Ticket Booths at the festival.  * On Sunday, ride all the rides from 12 Noon to 5 PM for one price of $25.00. *

Entertainment
Enjoy performances on two stages including the Investors Bank Stage and the Cabaret Tent.  Entertainment includes Italian folk dancers, big band music, traditional Italian music, Italian American favorites, opera, children’s entertainment and national favorites. Past headliners have included The Duprees, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Sam Butera and the WildestJoey Dee & the Starliters, and Giada Valenti.

New Jersey Lottery Fireworks Spectacular
Join us on Saturday and stay for the festival's spectacular fireworks display at 10:00 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.

Sunday Mass
11:00 am
Sunday Mass with Monsignor Innocenzi honoring Italian-American war veterans and all veterans on the festival grounds
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Super 50/50

The total for 2013 ticket sales was $39,040 with the winner receiving $19,520. The winning ticket number was 02985. Special thanks to New Jersey Assemblyman, Wayne DeAngelo, who sponsored our 50/50 tickets for 2013. For more information, please call our chair, Marion Bolton, at 609-396-2944.  And make sure to get on our mailing list for 2014.

Click here to get on our Mailing List.

Directions
Go to our Directions Page for the best way to get to the festival - click here.

 

 

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Add your story to My Story Growing Up Italian - Portraits and include a related photo.  New Story added 4-12-14

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Learn Italian - classes start Wed, Feb 26 at the Heritage Center.  Click here for more info.

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Festival Mass and procession photos added to the festival facebook page.  Click here to view.

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Hamilton Township has named Newkirk Avenue, at the corner of Liberty Street, Scarpati's Way, in honor of John's hard work and dedication to promoting Italian culture in Hamilton Township and Mercer County.  The sign is located at the same corner as the Italian Heritage Center.  Photos are viewable on the festival's facebook page.

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Bravo!
  The Super 50/50 winner took home $19,520.00!!!  The winning ticket number was 02985. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and congratulations to the winner.

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Videos
How to Make Capicola(Capocollo) Part 1
How to Make Capicola Part 2
John Scarpati - in His Own Words - 2009

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Meeting Dates
General Meetings held the 2nd Monday of each month starting at 7:00PM

 
 
Please visit our sponsors who make this festival possible.
Trenton Times
Investors Bank
New Jersey Lottery
XFINITY only from comcast
Bayada
First Choice Bank
Rose Hill
K McCoy Inc
Italian Tribune
Bud Light
Hopewell Valley Vinyards
Coccia Foundation
Barry Chiorello
 
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