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Italianfest serving authentic food along Riverboat Row

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NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

Italianfest will draw approximately 100,000 visitors to Newport's Riverboat Row this Father's Day weekend to enjoy authentic Italian food, music contests and rides.

The festival, held between the Purple People Bridge and Taylor-Southgate Bridge, is now in its 23rd year. Entertainers come from all over the nation, and even the "old country," to perform live music for attendees during the four day event.

A family photo booth showcases the history of Italian families that settled in Newport multiple generations ago. Other events include a pizza eating contest, a cooking contest and even a Bocci Ball Tournament at Pompilio's Restaurant.

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Italianfest vendors include Bella Luna, Raniero's, Roma's, Papa John's, Tony's Italian Sausage, Gabby's, Rappiccis Gelato and Distasi's.

Details: 5-11 p.m. Thursday, 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday,  noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Riverboat Row, Newport. Free admission. www.newportitalianfest.com.

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