Volunteers have been busy putting the final touches on plans for this year’s La Festa Italiana to be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-3, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The festival is an end‑of‑summer tradition that annually attracts thousands of visitors. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free. As usual, approximately 80 vendors will offer a wide variety of foods and displays. Continuous live entertainment for both young and older tastes is presented on three stages during the afternoon and evening each day. The festival committee will operate two stands, one featuring Italian cultural items, clothing and novelties, and the popular Cappuccino Café. Proceeds from these stands are donated to local charities. It takes a lot of time and effort to put together a three-day event, and La Festa board members and volunteers have been working for months to make it happen. It’s worth it since thousands of people from near and far will visit the Square and enjoy the festival. The Board of Directors is led by officers Christopher DiMattio, president; Joseph Guido, vice president; Debra Meila, secretary; Sam Prudente, treasurer; and Rev. David P. Cappelloni, chaplain. Other board members are Diane Alberigi, Frank T. Blasi, Brian Cali, Frank Castellano, Karen Clifford, Lou Cossa, Jack Costanzi Jr., Andre’ DiMino, Francene Dudziec, Bill Genello, Frank Gervasi, David Kontz, Mary Marrara, Tony Nicosia, Margaret Pettinato, Peter Ruane, Michael Semian, Msgr. Constantine Siconolfi, chaplain emeritus, and Frank Zazzera, Patrick Fricchione Sr., Patrick F. Guido, Robert W. Pettinato and Nicholas Scandale are honorary members. FLAG PHOTO CAPTION: Some of the board members and volunteers of La Festa Italiana display the Italian flag on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, site of the festival to be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 1-3). In front row from left: Christopher DiMattio, president; Francene Dudziec; Diane Alberigi; Debra Meila, secretary; Mary Marrara; Margaret Pettinato; and Lou Cossa. Back row from left: Peter Ruane; Joe Guido, vice president; Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty; Sam Prudente, treasurer; Frank T. Blasi; Bill Genello; and Frank Castellano.