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West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Elimination Dinner Held in Bridgeport

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The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival's golf tournament and elimination dinner were held on Wednesday.

The rain didn't stop the golf tournament with almost 100 people participating.

The dinner that followed included a silent auction, 50-50 drawings, and a $4,000 prize for the winner of the elimination drawing.

The money raised from the dinner will go to the festival, which kicks off on Friday.

"The elimination dinner is a fundraiser for the festival, we have numerous fundraiser with the elimination dinner being one of them, and the golf tournament being another one," said Frank Devono Jr., the chair for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival golf tournament.

The golf tournament and elimination dinner are the first events to take place during the week of the festival. Mary Queen is a volunteer for the festival and explained what it's all about.

"It's all about family, good eating, free entertainment, it's a wonderful event and it brings a lot of business to downtown Clarksburg," said Queen.

Mike Audia, Sr. was on the board of directors the first year of the festival. He said its been a great event since then.

"I think it will prevail, this is our 35th year. We've enjoyed it and its good for the heritage, its good for Clarksburg, and it brings a lot of money into town. People plan their vacations around it, and it's awesome," Audia said.

The festival kicks off on Friday with the coronation of Regina Maria XXXV at noon.

For a full list of events visit this website.