Festa Italia 2018 file photo

Lilyana Zanesco, 8, of Madison, is determined to finish her bowl of spaghetti – even after the pasta-eating contest had ended and the other contestants had left the table during the 2018 event.

McKee Farms Park will be transformed into a miniature Italy during the first weekend of June.

Festa Italia, an annual celebration of Italian heritage and culture, will start on Friday, May 31, and finish Sunday, June 2, at the park, located at 2930 Chapel Valley Road.

The weekend offers the opportunity to eat pasta, play bocce ball, view cooking demonstrations and hear live music. There will also be activities for children, including face painting and field games both days, and two magic show presentations by Wayne the Wizard on Saturday.

Festa Italia opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with a pasta dinner, a bocce ball match between the Fitchburg Fire Department and City Hall employees and live music from Gerri DiMaggio and World Jazz Unit, and the Eddie Butts Band.

On Saturday, the festival opens at 11 a.m. and will feature cooking demonstrations, a pasta-eating contest from 1:30-2:15 p.m. and performances from the Italian Folk Dancers of Madison, Jim Giacalone on the accordion, the Sicilian Serenaders, and the bands Something To Do and VO5.

On Sunday, the festival begins with a Mass in the Culture Tent at 10 a.m., followed by a doubles bocce tournament and live music by Joe Scalissi and Xavi Lynn.

The festival costs $3 per day, and children under 12 are admitted for free.

For more information, or to view the full schedule, visit iwcmadison.com.

Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.