August 5th, 6th, 7th 2016
Boylan High School Grounds
BENVENUTI ALLA FESTA ITALIANA 2016 WELCOME TO FESTA ITALIANA 2016
Thirty-eight years ago, two men, Noe (Whitey) Marinelli and Bob (Corky) Corirossi had an inspiration, a festival that would join the Italian community in Rockford one weekend a year. One big family reunion!
With the help of over 100 chair people, countless volunteers, Festa Italiana is now the second largest festival in Rockford. For one very special weekend each year, everyone who passes through our gates is an “Honorary Italian.”
Festa Italiana is a subcommittee of GRIAA (Greater Rockford Italian American Association) and the largest contributor to GRIAA’s scholarship fund. GRIAA’s scholarship fund helps our Italian descendant’s with tuition in our parochial schools. To date, GRIAA has awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarships!
As your chairperson for Festa Italiana 2016 I would like to invite you to browse our website at www.griaa.org. Use the site menu to check out Festa’s Entertainment and Amici Italiani Adult & Youth Dance Troupe, our Italian culture, event times, wonderful pictures and the many other programs GRIAA supports.
All of us look forward to seeing you on the grounds of Boylan Catholic High School, August 5th, 6th, and 7th!
Alex LaSala Chairperson 2016
Festa Italiana 2016 Schedule
Friday, August 5th: 5 – 11 PM
Saturday, August 6th: 12 – 11 PM
Sunday, August 7th 12 – 9 PM
Sunday Mass on the grounds at 10:00 a.m.
Call the Festa Hotline: 815-636-2902
(Only Operational During Festa Hours)
Cost: $5.00 per person
Children 12 & Under are FREE when accompanied by an adult
Free Admission Details <Details Coming Soon>
Free Admission is also granted to all military active duty and veterans
Carnival Ride Specials:
$15 with Purchase of Wristband at the South Ticket Booth
Saturday: Noon to 5:00pm
Sunday: Ride All Day
Festa Italiana 2016 Executive Board
Alex LaSala – 2016 Chair
Brian Meade – Co-Chair / 2017 Chair
Jay Villani – Co-Chair / 2015 Chair
Joy Parlapiano – Co-Chair / 2014 Chair
Mike Maffioli – Co-Chair / 2013 Chair
Festa Italiana 2016 Advisory Board
John Falzone ~ Corky Corirossi ~ Karen Cantele ~ Mitch LaMonica
Louie Maffioli ~ Paul Maffioli ~ Whitey Marinelli ~ Fran Nelson ~ Frank Valentine
Rick Heffner ~ Mike Vernia