Clarksburg’s Italian Heritage Festival wraps up

Exponent Telegram photo by Melissa Toothman Johnny Jo Madia juggles some of his bread in front of a crowd at the Italian Heritage festival.
Exponent Telegram photo by Melissa Toothman
Johnny Jo Madia juggles some of his bread in front of a crowd at the Italian Heritage festival.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The savory smell of Italian cooking wafted through the air as crowds of festivalgoers mingled on the last day of the Italian Heritage Festival.

Johnny Jo Madia with Giovanni’s tossed one of his signature breads into the air, and a customer caught it. He also juggled some other breads.

Vitina and Stefano Feo with Papa Vince in Alabama let patrons taste test some of their fresh, raw extra virgin olive oil and showed them some dishes that can be made using their product.

Patrons also lined up for gelato, and crowds gathered around the different stages to listen to musical entertainers throughout the afternoon and early evening. Aside from Friday evening, the weather was fine, organizers said.

Nancy Davidson, the VIP chair and the Queen’s Reception co-chair, said this year’s event was a success.

“The mass was absolutely beautiful today,” she said. “The streets were completely packed. I think overall, even with the little detour of some rain on Friday night, we more than compensated for with the crowd that came out…

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