The above photos are from my September 26th Sunday afternoon visit to this incredible local event
In an article in the Trenton Times of September 24th, John Scarpati, the founder and President of the Italian American Festival Association said,
“We have a lot of organizations who want to be here.
Every year it gets bigger.”
Indeed it does, John! You and your fellow members have created an annual event which is on track to eclipse the popularity and attendance of the late, great New Jersey State Fair. At the same time you are drawing much-needed attention to the magnificent heritage ofur Italian American citizens.
I got there after 2:30 PM on Sunday afternoon. I must confess that even as a "young" 77 year old, it occurred to me that there should be a parking lot near the handicap parking area which is closer to the "midway" for those of us who would like to park closer to the entrance. The photos above show the incredible number of cars parked in an area which I parked. My car was way, way back along the tree line. I used the light standard seen in the photo to help me find my car when I left a few hours later. Upon further reflection, it also occurred to me that it would be impossible for the police and others guiding people into parking spaces to determine just who qualifies as a candidate for senior citizen parking. So, I walked the walk, enjoyed myself immensely and saw many of my local friends. The walk along the "midway," and the walk to and from my car was tiring to these 77 year legs, but I managed to sleep it off!