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Main Street Fairmont Holds Seventh Annual Feast Of The Seven Fishes

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FAIRMONT -

Hundreds of people from all over the state of West Virginia flood into Marion County for an event that only happens once a year.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Fairmont tradition that focuses on family, friends, and Italian Heritage.

"The food of course is amazing and Annie here, she is all about the music," said Fairmont Resident Amber Pollastrini. "She likes listening to the kids sing."

Ed Parrish agrees.

"Food is great," he said. "Entertainment is great, the peoples great. You couldn't ask for a better time in Fairmont, West Virginia."

Pierpont Community and Technical College is the main sponsor of the Feast.

Its culinary students cooked an Italian Cuisine for the public and even provided cooking classes.

"Our culinary students are providing all kinds of Italian dishes and they earn money so they can go over to Italy and study in Italy and learn more about Italian cooking," said Pierpont President Dr. Doreen Larson.

Dozens of vendors lined up on Monroe Street to sell jewelry, wine, and treats.

Maddies Angels, the Marion County Humane Society, and Pet Helpers brought some of their pets that are in need of homes.

"We're just trying to raise some money today," said Terri Tichenor of Pet Helpers. "We've got several things for sale. We are selling pet stockings that you can stuff yourself, we have snuggle beds that we have made, we have toys."

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and Mt. Zion partnered up to advertise its Christmas Tree Recycling Program and children could participate in face painting.

Residents stress the importance of events, like the Feast, that bring the community together.

"With the holidays and everyone around and everything," Parrish said. "It's very important"

Main Street Fairmont said they added a lot of new activities to the festival this year and that made it a success.