Italian Festival

Jamie Thomas and Harry Maletteri, of the Original Hot Spot in Wildwood, serve Italian sausage and peppers Sunday at the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival.

The North Wildwood Italian-American Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23, with a weekend of great food, family fun and Italian-American heritage.

Activities take place from 4-10 p.m. Friday, June 21; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 22; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood. A procession in honor of St. Anthony will take place Friday at 6 p.m. and will feature special guest, Grand Marshal Bobby Rydell.

Additional festivities during the three-day event include free live Italian music, street vendors displaying Italian merchandise, food vendors offering a variety of Italian and non-Italian food and treats, meatball relay races, the iconic signing of the olive tree, grape stomping, the Little Miss Italy Pageant and more.

The North Wildwood Italian-American Festival is free to attend and is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #2572. The Knights of Columbus is a non-profit organization, and proceeds from the festival benefit Catholic education and other local charities.

For additional information, call 609-408-5793.

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