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It may sound unlikely, but one of the biggest Italian-themed festivals in the U.S. is located in West Virginia. Beginning today and running through September 2nd, the 34th West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will draw 100,000 people to the town of Clarksburg for a sample of all things Italian. Those attending will have a chance to enjoy a parade and live entertainment, as well as a homemade wine contest, and naturally, Italian food. Along that line, one highlight will be the annual Pasta Cook-Off. There are just over 18 million Americans of Italian ancestry in the U.S. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at <>.