Celebrating our 39th year - September 1, 2 & 3, 2017
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Clarksburg community leaders worked diligently to create this wonderful street festival and bring it to life. In 1979, the first West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival was born. The creators and benefactors who contributed long hours and planning sessions are now part of the Hall of Fame and were the first WVIHF Foundation Members. These members include Louis Spatafore, Sam Chico*, Sam D'Annunzio*, Frank Iaquinta*, James D. Larosa *, John Manchin* in union with Alma (Merle) Moore*, who was the Harrison County Public Library Director, at the time.

It was born out of Love
Please join us to celebrate our 39th Annual Celebration! This year promises to carry on its tradition of being one of the state's most spectacular and colorful events!

Love and pride is inherent in the lives of Italian-Americans, especially those in West Virginia. It is this cultural heritage that gave life to the idea of a festival in Clarksburg: to honor the past, celebrate the present and preserve the rich traditions for future generations.

Entertainment and Events for All Ages
The Festival offers a wide array of authentic Italian "street food", complete with pastries, that one can eat on-the-go so that watching the entertainers and visiting the vendor booths can be done with ease! There is entertainment for the bambini as well, with a specially designated children's area, with stage and entertainment for the kiddos, as well as a safe carnival midway, with rides and games.

Top-named entertainers can be found on the main stage during the Festival. Previous years, Festival goers have enjoyed such notables as Tony Danza, Kathy Mattea, Jo Dee Messina, Steve Augeri, Joey Dee and the Starliters, and Frankie Avalon - all free of charge to the public.

During the first West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in 1979, the wine flowed, tantalizing arrays of delectable food abounded and the music was fast-paced. With color, pageantry, entertainment, events, contests, exhibitions and displays packing the streets of uptown Clarksburg, the Festival was an instant success.

With each successive year, the little Festival has grown and has been rated in years past in the American Bus Association's, "Top 100 Events in North America." Each year, this three day street festival brings over 100,000 visitors to Clarksburg.

From the opening ceremonies, when the royal court of Regina Maria (Regina meaning "Queen" and Maria the name of the first queen of Italy), is crowned, to its conclusion with the traditional festival dance, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival overflows with entertainment and delight.

The office of the Festival can be found on Main Street in Clarksburg, the home of the Festival every year! In the past, our office was in the childhood home of one of our founding fathers, in Glen Elk. Across a bridge and just a short walk from town, the little area known as Glen Elk was the area for the train depot, hotel, markets and warehousing. This area was one of the first that Italian immigrants experienced at the turn of the century when they came to live in Clarksburg.

Under the auspices and labor of several dedicated Executive Directors such as Rosalyn Queen Alonso, Rachel Torchia and Lindsay Lowe, as well as a committed and faithful Board of Directors, the Festival remains a Labor Day weekend event for which many people plan yearly to attend. It is truly a labor of love for all involved and to most it is a way to extend and revere their Italian heritage.

* deceased



Pepsi Beverages Company

D. Reynolds Rentals

Frontier Communications

Joe R. Pyle Auctions & Realty
Rose of Sharon

Embellishments / Wicked Sisters

WV Radio Corporation


Waste Management of WV, Inc.

Weather Service
Mountain Valley Pipeline

Harry Greens 7 Acres

Baker Hughes

Greater Bridgeport Convention & Visitors Bureau

MVB Bank

Texas Roadhouse

Dan Riggs Garage & Towing

Buffington Studios

Hart Office Supplies
Harrison County Commission

The Exponent Telegram
Morgantown Printing & Binding

Country Club Chrysler

WDTV News Channel 5 & Fox 10




Vintage Theatre Company


Greater Clarksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

Davis Funeral Home

Premier Bank, Inc.

Huntington Banks

Byard Mercer Pharmacy

Sharpe Electric

WV Lottery
Mike Ross, Inc.


Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

North Central West Virginia Regional Airport

CACI Integrated  Communications

Mylan Pharmaceuticals
Clarksburg Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner LC

PDC Energy

Eastpointe Auto Spa

James & Law
Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation

Meadowbrook Mall
Beverage Distributors

City of Clarksburg
Waco Oil & Gas

Thrasher Engineering

Secret & Shields

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