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Being Italian American is about our state of mind. It encompasses knowing and appreciating our family's history, embracing our Italian-American values, and feeling a sense of pride in who we are.

Aside from language and food, Italians brought with them a rich history and understanding of art and culture.

Over the years, Cav. John Scarpati sensed the diminishing presence of the Italian American culture. The environment in which he grew up was fading away at a rapid pace. One day while discussing his concerns with a group of friends, he was challenged to do something about it.

John decided to accept the challenge. In 2000, he put together a group of individuals with the same ideology and formed the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, organized to promote the encouragement of Italian American culture in today's society.

In the year 2020, the MCIAFA was proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary with yet another successful Mercer County Italian American Festival which took place at Mercer County Park.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our future Festival plans had to be put on hold temporarily. Updates will be provided when available!

Learn more about the history of the Mercer County Italian American Festival as told by Cav. John Scarpati, President