Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Three-Day North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival Returns to the Wildwoods June 22-24


The North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival celebrates its 18th anniversary in the Wildwoods this year on Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24, during a weekend of food, fun and Italian-American heritage.

Festivities for the three-day event take place along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood including street vendors displaying Italian memorabilia, food vendors offering a variety of Italian and non-Italian treats, and FREE live entertainment all weekend long. Activities take place from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, June 22; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 23; and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.

Friday night kicks off with music from Philly Cuzz at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Olde New Jersey and Chestnut Avenues. A procession and opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and The Marino Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. along with Fulvio and Friends at 9:30 p.m.

The fun continues on Saturday with a live broadcast with Rick Rock from WIBBAGE 94.3 FM from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Children’s games will take place all day long and prizes will be awarded. Philly Cuzz and Eric DeLaurio will perform from 5-7 p.m. and the 3rd Annual Meatball Relay Contest will begin at 7 p.m. – where contestants are challenged to run with a meatball on a spoon without dropping it. Saturday night’s entertainment will feature Moreno Fruzzetti at 8 p.m. and The Cameo’s at 9:30 p.m.

The event concludes on Sunday with a line-up of activities for the entire family, centrally located in the festival district of North Wildwood. Beginning at noon, come listen to “Sinatra” featuring Eric DeLaurio and watch the Little Miss Italy Pageant at 1 p.m. Music by DJ Donnie will conclude the festival from 2-6 p.m.

The North Wildwood Original 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 various other local charities. 

For additional information, please call 609-780-2563 or visit www.kofc2572.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.  


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

he Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. In 2010, the Wildwoods Doo Wop Architecture was named “One of the Top Ten Architectural Wonders in America” by AOL.com. The Wildwoods were also named among Smarter Travel’s Ten Best Beach Towns in America in 2010, as well as one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for the second year in a row. In 2009, the Wildwoods were selected as one of Time.com’s “50 Authentic American Experiences.” The Wildwoods made the list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor in 2012. In addition, the Wildwoods were also voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest. The Wildwoods were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. Wildwood was also named “Best Beach” in 2012 by NJ Monthly and “Number One Boardwalk for Families” in 2012 by FamilyVacationCritic.com. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Thunder On The Sand Race Series, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others. For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

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