Tuesday, August 6 - Saturday, August 10, 2013
In August of 1898, Italian immigrants who had made Northwest Arkansas home, held a Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of the harvest. From the humble beginnings of that meal evolved the annual Tontitown Grape Festival. As the celebration grew, it expanded to include Holy Mass, booths, games, a carnival, a dance, a pageant, and the now legendary Italian food.
The current festival, being held Aug. 6-10
, has grapes, a Ferris Wheel, books, fried chicken and more than 6,000-pounds of homemade pasta. Celebrating its 115th year, the festival spans the grounds surrounding St. Joseph’s Church along U.S. 412 in Tontitown
with acres and acres of craft exhibitors, midway games and amusements and concert stages. The star attraction is a multi-night dinner of homemade pasta and sauce, served up with fried chicken and all the fixings to thousands of hungry event-goers. Other events include the Run for the Grapes, a large book sale and the Queen Concordia Pageant. Obtain additional information by visiting tontitowngrapefestival.com
, by phoning 479-927-2295 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org