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Annual Italian American Days Festival

The Italian Club of Benld will hold the 63rd Annual Italian-American Days Festival on May 27, 28, 29 and 30th in the Benld City Park.

The week-end begins with the park opening at 4pm on Friday, May 27th. Swyear Amusements will offer carnival armbands from 6pm until 10pm for $20. The All Mixed Up Band will perform from 7:30pm until 11;30pm.

The park will open on Saturday at 4pm. Carnival rides wil be $2.00 each from 4-10pm. Music will be provided by Agent 99 from 7:30pm until 11:30pm.

Sunday is the highlight of the weekend. Beginning at 11am until 1:30pm, one ton of free spaghetti will be served at the park's lunch stand. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bagna Caulda Combo from 11am until 2pm. Avery Hill will follow from 3pm until 7pm. Following the Avery Hill band, the Smash band will provide music from 7:30pm until 11:30pm. Also on Sunday, the Bocce Ball Tournament will be played starting at Noon. Registration begins at 11am in the beer tent.

Monday is the last day of the event with the park opening at Noon and closing at 5pm.

Italian specialties including tortellini soup, homemade Italian salami, meatball sandwiches, bagna caulda, and spumoni ice cream will be sold along with various Italian novelty items including the annnual festival shirts.