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August 8, 2013

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St. Vitus Festival gets underway with a mix of new offerings and old favorites

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NEW CASTLE —

A gift basket auction rounds out this year’s new events.

“We got the lectors to do a basket, the eucharistic ministers to do a basket, the choir to do a basket — each one of the organizations,” DeCarbo said. “We’re going to have five or six baskets you can take a chance on, and most of these baskets are worth up to $100 — Steelers basket, a lottery basket, a book basket, a food basket. They’ve got all kinds.”

Of course, the festival also offers its traditional favorites, such as tonight’s Baby Doll Dance, and homemade foods including pasta fagioli; cavatelli; fried dough; pepperoni puffs; meatball, sausage and steak sandwiches; chicken on a stick; chicken salad; hot dogs; french fries and spiral fries; lemon shakes; ice cream; and white tomato pizza.

Cavatelli and pasta fagioli sales start daily at 4 p.m. The rest of the games, food and entertainment begin at 6.

“The key to it all has been Father Frank (Almade),” DeCarbo said. “He has been tremendous for us. He sorta just lets us take the ball and run with it.

“That’s very helpful when you have that trust.”

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