Thousands came to Iron Mountain to celebrate their Italian Heritage Saturday.
The 7th annual Iron Mountain Italian Fest was full of authentic Italian food, music, and games. About 2,500 people made their way to the fest. The Iron Mountain Main Street Program organizes the festival each year to help fund downtown revitalization projects and to celebrate Iron Mountain's Italian ancestry.
The biggest attractions are the five vendors. Crispigna's Italian Market has been at Italian Fest all seven years. It's a family business run by about 30 members of the Crispigna family.
"An event like this for the community brings not only Italians back, it brings people back to the area, and they remember their grandparents, their family, and they just want to come back home...When you're Italian, you know where you should be," said Patti Crispigna.
Two of the oldest members of the Crispigna family were crowned king and queen of Italian Fest. Crispigna's Italian Market has been serving the Iron Mountain area for 89 years.
Organizers hope to expand Italian Fest into a two-day event in the future.