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Inaugural Italian Festa a success

The rich smells of Italian food and the melody of Italian music wafted through the air at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this weekend.

“The inaugural Italian Festa has been very successful and a lot of fun,” said Stephen De Sena, one of the organizers.

Around 2,800 people came out for the food, wine, music and bocce ball Saturday. About 1,500 ventured out Sunday, De Sena said, better turnout than expected in the event’s first year.



“The vendors have been completely blown away. They’ve had to refill two or three times,” De Sena said.

Attendees ranged from Reno to San Francisco, he added.




One vendor from San Francisco was Nancy Federico.

“It’s gone very well, I’ve done very well with sales,” Federico said. “I will come back next year.”

Federico’s goods ranged from special occasion handbags to etched glass and clocks made from old Italian vinyl records.

De Sena said all sorts of people have come to the event, but Nevada County has over 4,000 Italian last names.

Kathy Tucker, who’s maiden name is Garifo, of Grass Valley said she enjoyed the event.

“I’ve just been waiting for this event all year,” Tucker said, adding she was full-blooded Italian. “I hope this continues every year.”

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail ghoward@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.

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