Niles festivities in full swing

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The Eastwood Rib Fest is back and kicked off Friday at Eastwood field.

This is the 28th year for the event that went on hiatus last summer.

Local and national grill masters put their skills to the test serving up their best ribs and chicken.

Guests could walk from grill to grill sampling all the smokey treats. Live music also rocked the field Friday and will all weekend.

“We’ve got something for everybody.,” said Thom Sharp, events coordinator for the Cafaro Corporation. “Something for the kids, something for the older people, something for the younger people and any kind of food you can imagine is here, somewhere in this lot.”

Organizers of the fest partnered up with the Second Harvest Food bank to hold a food drive. Anyone who brought a non-perishable food item received buy one get one admission.

The Lady of Mount Carmel festival in Niles also kicked off this week.

There were plenty of games and rides to entertain families. Food options ranged from Italian Sausage to their famous cheese puffs.

Last year they sold 20,000 of the cheesy treats.

The festival has been a popular tradition in the Valley for 80 years.

“I know this year alone I’ve seen parishioners who have come from LA, from Florida, from Maryland, from Georgia; they plan their vacation and their summer around the festival so it allows them in a way to reconnect maybe in other ways they’ve been pulled away,” said Father John Lavelle of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

The festival will run through Sunday.


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