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CLARKSBURG — As Labor Day weekend approaches, top-notch festivals are preparing to offer area residents plenty of activities.

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 39th year throughout Labor Day weekend, with several types of Italian food and free entertainment, said Tyler Terango, president of the board.

Entertainment will include Moreno Fruzzetti at 6:30 p.m. and The Diamonds at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 1, Sal Valentinetti, who competed on “America’s Got Talent,” at 8 p.m. Sept. 2, and Dennis Tufano, the original singer of The Buckinghams, at 4 p.m. Sept. 3.

“It’s something we’ve done all 39 years. It’s definitely a challenge to make it happen, but having free entertainment is something we take great pride in, because we need that type of activity through North Central West Virginia and beyond,” Terango said. “Especially in West Virginia, with the drug epidemic going on in our state, it’s important to get people out and learning about culture and heritage and celebrate with family and friends.”

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 1-2, and at 10 a.m. Sept. 3. There will also be a children’s stage, which will feature entertainment designed for youth with acting, singing, dancing and street performers. This will include an adaptation of “Hopping to America: A Rabbit’s Tale of La Befana” by Diana Pishner.

“The children’s area is starting to pick up, and that’s something we take pride in,” Terango said. “Not only is it fun, but it’s about Italian culture and heritage.”

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