Festival Italiano in Hurley on Sept. 2
August 11, 2017
Hurley has long been known for deep Italian heritage. Dating back to the early 1900s, the Italian societies of Hurley would organize the Columbus Day celebration. As time moved forward, the celebration was changed to Labor Day weekend and suitably named "Festival Italiano."
Silver Street is closed to traffic while food vendors line the streets, offering authentic Italian recipes handed down from generation to generation. Arts and crafts vendors display wares for shoppers to look through. Vendors are ready for visitors at 10 a.m.
Kids games are available to include a growing 3-on-3 basketball tournament. A spaghetti-eating contest, face painting and balloon shapes are also available. Things are known to get competitive with the Human Foosball tournament and "Dago Dash" 2-mile fun run/ walk.
For those who have an authentic Italian recipe, enter it in the best of contest.
And a festival wouldn't be complete without a day full of live music. Live music starts at noon and continues throughout the day, ending at 10 p.m. It is tradition for "Marty's Goldenaires Drum & Bugle Corp" to perform on Silver Street around 5 p.m. After they entertain a full crowd, the group has their own parade in and out of local businesses playing for the patrons.
Downtown businesses show heritage by decorating storefronts. Hurley Fire Department will give tours of equipment and take those who are brave enough to the top of the ladder.