Italian Festival to bring food and fun to borough

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This year’s festival will be named Joseph Raffetto Day. Friends and family will be sporting these T-shirts designed by his grandson Nick Holl in honor of Mr. Raffetto. COURTESY OF NICK HOLL

SPRING LAKE — The annual Italian Festival will return to the borough Saturday, Sept. 28, for a day of live music, Italian cuisine, a wine and beer garden, children’s attractions and much more along Morris Avenue.

The festival is one of the largest fall events in the borough drawing attendees from around the state.

Spring Lake businesses and members of the Chamber of Commerce are gearing up for the big day.

Ellen Manger, of the Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce, said she is excited about this year’s festival.

“It’s just packed with people and food and fun,” she said.

Perhaps the most important part of this year’s event, organizers will dedicate the festival to the late Joseph Raffetto Jr., who died this spring. This year’s festival will subsequently be called “Joseph Raffetto Day.”

“He was one of the founding fathers of the Italian festival,” said Ms. Manger.

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