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Main Street Fairmont Hosts 'Feast of the Seven Fishes'

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An Italian tradition continued in downtown Fairmont on Saturday: the city's Feast of the Seven Fishes celebration.

Main Street Fairmont said the feast usually brings thousands of people to Marion County and even with the rain, this year was no different.

Dozens of vendors were on hand to give residents a taste of their creations, from wine and desserts to sausage and fish.

The event began at 11 a.m. with the opening ceremony. Local chefs participated in homemade cookie, wine, and sauce contests, and brewmasters demonstrated some of their beer creations.

Those who participate in the event said it's something they look forward to every year.

"The Italian culture coming into North Central West Virginia was incredibly important, and our ancestors brought, particularly from southern Italy, a lot of really amazing traditions," said organizer Robert Tinnell.

Vendors also said they enjoyed selling products that go along with the 'Feast of the Seven Fishes' meal.

"Wine, especially the red wine, has always been a part of Italian heritage," said Crystal Hickman of Heston Farm.

This year's parade was not part of Saturday's festivities, as it has been in the past. That was held almost two weeks ago.