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Festa Italia celebrates WI's Italian heritage

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FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- Hundreds of people are celebrating Wisconsin's Italian heritage this weekend at Festa Italia.

The festival is a three-day event full of Italian food, live music, folk dancing and even a pasta-eating contest.

Organizers say the annual event is a great way for people to come out and remember the Italian immigrants who settled in our area.

"The Italians settle in a small neighborhood called the Greenbush area," says Ross DePaola. "They didn't have much money but they knew how to have fun and we carry on all those traditions."

This year's Festa Italia featured some musicians visiting from Italy.

The event, held in recent years at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg, started as a picnic in 1976.

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