The Italian Club of Benld would like to invite everyone to their celebration of the 66th Annual Italian-American Days Festival on May 24, 25, 26 and the 27th at the Benld City Park in Benld, Illinois. The festival is known throughout the state of Illinois for its Italian foods and games.
The weekend begins with the park opening at 4:00 P.M. on Friday May 24th. Swyear Amusements will offer carnival armbands from 6:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M. where anyone may ride as often as they like for $22. The OWLZ band will provide music for your dancing pleasure from 6:30 P.M. until 10:30 P.M.
The park will open on Saturday evening May 25th at 4:00 PM. Carnival rides will be a $2.00 each from 4:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M. Music will be provided by the Avery Hill band from 6:30 P.M. until 10:30 P.M.
Sunday, May 28th is the highlight of the weekend. Beginning at 11:00 A.M. until 1:30 P.M., one ton of free spaghetti will be served at the park’s lunch stand. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bagna Caulda Combo from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Agent 99 will follow from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Following the Agent 99 band, the Smash band will provide music from 6:30 P.M. until 10:30 P.M. Also on Sunday afternoon from 12:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M., carnival armbands will be available for $22. The Bocce Ball Tournament will be played on Sunday starting at 12:00 P.M. Registration begins at 11:00 A.M. in the beer tent.
Monday, May 27th is the last day of the event with the park opening at 12:00 PM and closing at 5:00 P.M. Carnival armbands will be available from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. for $22. Music will be provided by Joe Frew from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Beer will be sold for $ 1.50 a cup throughout the afternoon.
Bingo will be played every night beginning at 7:00 P.M., except Monday when Bingo will begin at 1:00 P.M.
Italian Specialties including tortellini soup, homemade Italian salami, meatball sandwiches, bagna caulda, and cannoli’s will be sold along with various Italian novelty items including the annual festival shirts. Throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of food, rides, drinks, and fun. Come out and celebrate 64 years of Italian heritage.
Benld is located 50 miles south of Springfield, Illinois and 45 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri on Illinois 138, two miles west of Interstate 55. If you have any questions, call 217-825-7052.
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