People in Southeast Iowa got a little taste of Italy Saturday afternoon.The event is more than just authentic Italian food like meatball sandwiches and cannoli. With opera singers, street art and dancing, people were totally immersed in a different culture. Festivities also included pizza tossing and performances and lessons of Italian customs. This was the eighth annual Italian Street Festival, which takes place at the square in Fairfield. Admission to the event is free. According to the Iowa Tourism Office, the festival draws in an estimated 5,000 visitors each year.
??I think it's fun to see the square filled up with people from all over and people of all ages,?? volunteer Jeanne Vollmer said. ??That's what's really fun I think.??
??It's a lot of fun,?? volunteer Karen DeAngelis said. ??There's great Italian food, and it's real authentic.??
Each year, different entertainers flock to Fairfield to be part of the select group of artists that thrills the crowd.