Walla Walla County Fairgrounds holds trio of events

A historical truck show, an antique show and the Italian Heritage Festa continue today.



Bob Deccio (left), Al Maletta Jr. and Cathy Kloster perform 'Bella Notte” (Good Night) at the Italian Heritage Festa on Saturday. The Festa continues today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a grape stomp competition, Italian folk dancing, heritage display, vendor booths and authentic Italian food.


A couple of old-truck enthusiasts check out one of 20 rigs parked on the lawn on the north side of the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Pavilion, where the 18th annual Blue Mt. Chapter of the American Historical Truck Society show takes place today. Also taking place at the fairgrounds today are the third annual Fall Antique Show and Sale and the Italian Heritage Association Festa. The truck show and festa are free. Antique show admission is $5 or free for those 8 and under.

WALLA WALLA - Old trucks, old trunks and Tarantellas are all at the fairgrounds as three annual events take place there this weekend.

This is the first year the Blue Mt. Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society is holding its show at the fairgrounds.

Chapter President Russ Shorten said it picked this weekend to coincide with the 2010 Fall Antique Show and Sale and the Italian Heritage Festa.

The historical truck show includes displays of 20 work trucks, tractors and other rigs, including one under-scale replica of a Freightliner semi that is about the size of a Hummer.

"It's got a five-nine Cummins in it," Shorten said excitedly, in some form of garage caveman code. "It's a little cramped, but I like that thing."

The historical truck show is free and takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which is the same hours for the third annual Fall Antique Show and Sale.

Along with some antique trunks, this year's show also features numerous collectable items, which are items of value but less than 100 years old.

Among the newer collectables was a 4-foot wooden carving of a Native American, who was wearing a United States flag along with traditional regalia, and was saluting. The piece was owned by Seattle antique dealer George Higby.

"A lot of people have taken an interest in it, so it might not come home with me," Higby said. He explained the wooden carving was made by members of the Mandan Tribe of North Dakota in the 1970s and sold for about $350 at the time.

The cost to attend the antique show is $5. Children 8 and under are free.

Finally, today is the second and final day of the Italian Heritage Festa celebration.

Today's festivities include the traditional grape stomp competition, followed by the traditional folk dance performance, which should include a Tarantella dance or two.

Italian foods will also be sold, and numerous historical displays and performances will be included.

A biscotti bake off and red sauce competition will take place today, and the competition is open to the general public.

The Italian Heritage Festa takes place today from 10-3 p.m. and is free to the public.

Alfred Diaz can b reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.


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