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Italianfest: River City Mayors to Face Off in Bocci Ball Tournament to Kick Off Weekend Early

Annual Italianfest Mayor's Bocci Ball Tournament is Wednesday at Pompilio's in Newport.

The tournament features the mayors of Alexandria, Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ft. Mitchell, Ludlow, Newport, and Wilder.

The Mayor’s Bocci Ball Tournament is free to attend and open to the public for viewing.

Bocci (bocce/boccie) is a ball sport belonging to the boules sport family, closely related to bowls and petanque with a common ancestry from ancient games played in the Roman Empire.  Developed into its present form in Italy, it is played around Europe and also in overseas areas that have received Italian migrants. 

You can watch the mayors compete at Pompilio's, 6th & Washington Streets in Newport.

Italianfest was named a Top 20 event for June by the Southeast Tourism Society and is Thursday through Sunday at Newport's Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate Bridges. The festival features authentic Italian food, live music performed by entertainers from around the country, a golf outing, and a family photo booth showcasing the history of Italian families that settled in Newport generations ago.

Activities include a pizza eating contest, a cooking contest, games, and rides for the little ones. The event attracts 100,000 people each year.

Vendors Include:

Pompilio's
Bella Luna
Raniero's
Roma's
Papa John's
Tony's Italian Sausage
Gabby's
Rappiccis Gelato
Distasi's