The Butler Italian Festival will hold a meatball-eating contest Sunday afternoon — one of many activities taking place over the inaugural four-day event this weekend.
The festival will include authentically Italian musical performances, Italian food and drink vendors, and activities for children.
The festival will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 6 p.m. Monday.
The event is free to the public, and is funded by sponsors and vendor fees. Various entertainers will perform on a Main Street stage.
There will be two kids zones, with inflatable bounce houses and a climbing wall.
Various food vendors will offer authentic Italian cuisine. Alcoholic beverages will be available in the festival’s wine and beer garden.
The Butler Italian Festival is run by County Festivals LLC. The organization also runs Little Italy days in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh.