The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is one of the largest and most widely known annual events in the state. The event has been taking place for 40 years and draws many to Clarksburg to celebrate the rich history of Italians in the Mountain State. Each year, people from across the state congregate for these festivals, but many of them are unaware of the rich history of Italians in Almost Heaven.
It was common for Italian coal miners to take sticks of pepperoni and bread into the mines with them for their long days, and eventually some began to bake the pepperoni into the bread. Restaurants in Fairmont are most commonly credited with commercializing pepperoni rolls, and today, they are the official State Food of West Virginia.
We can thank Italian immigrants for much of the growth of West Virginia. Their hard work and determination embodies the spirit of West Virginia. Today, we celebrate this heritage and history with the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg. However, celebrations in cities like Bluefield, Wheeling, and Princeton also commemorate the heritage of Italian immigrants in Almost Heaven.
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