ItalianFest begins Thursday in Newport

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Newport's ItalianFest is celebrating its 20th year this weekend.

The festival opens Thursday night at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 8 p.m.

ItalianFest was named as a top 20 event by the Southern Tourism Society. It features authentic Italian food and music from a number of local restaurants and artists. It also features a golf outing, a family photo book, a pizza eating contest, a cooking contest, games, rides and fireworks. In addition, the first "Ms. Newport ItalianFest" 2011 will be named.

Last year, the event hosted over 100,000 visitors during the weekend.

The festival runs on Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. at Newport's Riverboat Row, between the Taylor Southgate and L&N Bridges.

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