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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.

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Rain or Shine


Join us as we celebrate our Italian and Italian American Heritage and Culture at the 17th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival, September 23, 24, 25 2016.

Festival Hours

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


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

Convenient on-site parking is FREE. Enter through Mercer County Park entrances on Hughes Drive or Old Trenton Road. Handicapped parking is available by using the South Post Road entrance to Mercer County Park.

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

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 Tents
Peruse over 60 offerings in our Italian Market and purchase Italian and Italian-American 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.

Play Bocce...Learn Bocce...Love Bocce.  Bocce is available to all who come to the festival, free of charge. There will be tournaments, bocce lessons, and time for everyone to play.  Come check us out at the Bocce Tent. If you would like to participate in a tournament or need additional information, contact Jonah Pascucci at 215-908-7487 or jpascucci@richardsoncommercial.com.

Cultural Theater
Listen to guest speakers and watch cooking demonstrations. Located in the Italian Heritage Pavilion in front of the beautiful tapestry of Venice.

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 Majestic Midways. Rides are open all three days of the festival (Fri. 4pm - 10pm, Sat. 1pm -11 pm, Sun. 1pm-9:30 pm). 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).

SPECIAL REDUCED RATE HOURS: Ride for one less ticket than posted for all rides - Friday 4-6:30pm, Saturday 1-5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Amusement Ride Ticket Booths at the festival.

New This Year: Munchkinland. The area is designed for guests who are too small to ride many of the other rides. Munchkinland will be housed in a tent and will have a soft play area for children under 36" tall and coin operated rides and games for those under 42" tall. There will be a changing station with hand sanitizer as well and benches for adults to rest.

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 Wildest, The Happenings, and Joey Dee & the Starliters.

Fireworks Spectacular
Join us on Saturday and stay for the festival's spectacular fireworks display at 9:40 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.

Sunday Mass
Start Sunday with Mass at 11:00 am at the Investors Bank Stage. The Mass will be offered by Monsignor James Innocenzi in honor of military veterans. Then be part of the re-creation of a long-time Chambersburg "Feast of Lights" tradition when the statue of the Madonna di Casandrino is carried in procession immediately following the service. 

Super 50/50
The total for 2015 ticket sales was $37,370 with the winner receiving $18,685. The winning ticket number was 11443. Special thanks to New Jersey Assemblyman, Wayne DeAngelo, who sponsors the printing of our 50/50 tickets. For more information, please call our chair, Marion Bolton, at 609-396-2944. And make sure to get on our mailing list for 2016.

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Directions & Lodging
Go to our Directions Page for the best way to get to the festival and information on lodging - enjoy the festival all weekend - click here.



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Super 50/50 Winner: The winning Super 50/50 number was 11443. Total sales were $37,370.00 with the winner receiving $18,685.00. Congratulations to the winner and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket! Click here to get on the mailing list for our 2016 Super 50/50.
Add your story to My Story Growing Up Italian. New Story added 9-29-15
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.
How to Make Capicola-
Part 1
How to Make Capicola-Part 2
John Scarpati, In His Own Words

Please visit our sponsors who make this festival possible.
Trenton Times
Investors Bank
XFINITY only from comcast
New Jersey Lottery
News 12 NJ
Italian Tribune
Bud Light
K McCoy Inc
Rose Hill
Hopewell Valley Vinyards
Coccia Foundation
Barry Chiorello
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