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December 11, 2008

Fairmont place to be Saturday

FAIRMONT — Downtown Fairmont will be the place to be on Saturday.

With several major holiday happenings going on — the third annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, the annual Fairmont Christmas parade, the Marion County Historical Museum open house and 100th birthday celebration, and a book signing by a local author — there will be something for everybody.

“You are missing out if you don’t go to downtown Fairmont Saturday,” said Vera Sansalone, executive director of Main Street Fairmont.

“A lot of businesses will be having open houses, some with unadvertised sales and specials.”

• The third annual Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monroe Street.

The all-day festival is based on the graphic novel “The Feast of the Seven Fishes,” written by Marion County native Robert Tinnell, which describes the Italian practice of preparing various seafood courses for Christmas Eve.

There are 28 vendors slated for this year’s event, with attendance expected to be as high as 5,000, Sansalone said.

Entertainment will be provided by Five Guys Named Moe from Pittsburgh and Bel Duetto of Youngstown, Ohio.

The “Festival Cucina” (or festival kitchen) is a cooking demonstration and sharing of food. Tinnell and Robert Germano, author of “The Eve of Seven Fishes,” as well as a mix of Italian Americans will serve up tasty dishes for the audience during this activity.

The major paid event will be the Italian cooking school at 1 p.m., headed up by Tinnell’s wife, Shannon, for $15.

The Christmas parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. and then the festival ends with a mass led by Father Hilarion Cann at 7 p.m.

A new feature is the homemade cookie and winemaking contest. Those cost $5 each to enter and require pre-registration, which contestants may do through today.

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