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Gogebic Range celebrates its Italian heritage


September 4, 2018

Jean Nordine/Daily Globe

FESTIVAL-GOERS gather on Silver Street in Hurley Saturday for Fesitival Italiano. Musical performances by Marty's Goldenaires, IV Play and Dugan & Bob entertained the crowds. There were also a range of vendors as well as games, arts and crafts basketball, face painting and more.


HURLEY  - Hurley's Silver Street was closed to traffic Saturday as the people marked the city's annual Festival Italiano.

The festival, sponsored by the Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrates all things Italian and the Gogebic Range's Italian heritage.

Hundreds of people gathered on Silver Street to enjoy the fun - which included food booths, kid games, face painting, an arts and craft show, antique and flea market, 3-on-3 basketball and bags tournaments, the 2-mile Dago Dash, a human foosball tournament, street dancing and more.

Those taking part in the festival could also escape Saturday's heat and humidity at many of Silver Street's bars and resteraunts - either at the outside tents many had set up, or ducking inside the establishments where hopefully there was air conditioning.

Festival-goers also had the opportunity to taste Italian favorites and there was a best recipe contests for polenta and antipasto.

The musical entertainment for the day included Dugan & Bob, Marty's Goldenaires Drum and Bugle Corps, and IV Play.

Festival Italiano is always held on Labor Day weekend, mark your calendars for next years event to take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Editor's Note: Daily Globe reporter Richard Jenkins contributed to this story.


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