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That’s Italian!

Annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival under way

July 27, 2013

It’s the last weekend in July, and for thousands of area residents that means one thing — the three-day extravaganza of food, family, fireworks and fun that is the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage......

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Jul-30-13 4:43 PM

Please help work for recognition of Rev Fr Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi who was beatified May 25, 2013. A hero who protected the innocent!!

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Jul-27-13 9:25 PM

OK here is a thought, how about of everyone takes the ideas and implements them?? Next year close off the port, and market and part of main and fill up the blocks!! I am sure it is possible to have more rides, and games down by the water, and bring back the vendors along the streets too so that people can relive what they remember. All it takes is a little bit of everyone working together and bring back what people liked and loved!!! It can be done - people love the Italian Festival for many reasons, heck put in a few parades and some highschool band competitions, opera competitions, dance competitions, and an Italian talent show!!! I'm not Italian but are there any unique old country events like, chicken calling, or wine /grape smashing?? Thing outside the box but make it grow with ideas not shrink from a battle of the wills!! ;o)

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Jul-27-13 5:19 PM

...and, as always, the Negative Nellies are out in full force on the message boards today. Sitting at home outing about what once was. Always willing to put your worthless two cents in and bash anything that Wheeling does. Maybe it's a good thing you all stay home and hide behind your computers and keep your negativity away from everyone else's good time.

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Jul-27-13 4:06 PM

Italian Festival moving closer to where it belongs; In the Ohio River!

The cultural significance of this festival is the lack thereof. They offer a "Chinese" version of Italian sausage and a field of recruits for the "Biggest Losers". The original founders of this festival have been disgraced!

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Jul-27-13 12:12 PM

wait..also good if your a ca pedo. a lot of young girls wearing close to nothing. such a shame to dress like that.

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Jul-27-13 12:10 PM

when they shoved this down into the port they drove off all the real Italian food vendors and set the locals up. this is a waste of time and money unless your a drunk.

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Jul-27-13 10:30 AM

I agree, Slimcgoo!! I went one time after if moved to see how it was, haven't been back.

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Jul-27-13 9:54 AM

bring on the trash!

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Jul-27-13 8:50 AM

Oh the shame....this was once a terrific 'festival' when it was staged throughout several blocks of Main and Market. I haven't lived in Whg for nearly 25 years but always enjoyed returning (300 miles)for this event to enjoy the city and see old friends. Now it's been crammed onto the river bank and it's simply the most disorganized and uncomfortable fustercluck that could possibly be staged. In short, I used to plan a week of the summer to 'return home'. Now I wouldn't walk across the street to be jammed into that tiny area. Ya know, if the geniuses who moved this event to Water Street were in charge of the Super Six they would play those games in that new showplace being erected in east Wheeling. Why use available facilities that have worked very well when people can be jammed and made uncomfortable in a venue that's too small? I'm always amazed by the 'progressive thinking' in Wheeling, WV!

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Jul-27-13 7:44 AM

The Census says that Wheeling is comprised of less than 6% of a particular ethnic group.

Take a trip to the Italian festival some sunny evening and you will see that this number is a blatant lie.

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