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Great Italian Festival Preparations

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The 31st annual Great Italian Festival starts Saturday, and the cooks at the Eldorado have been working overtime.

To make enough food to feed thousands, they began preparing as early as Monday.

Of course, pasta is one of the staples of any Italian meal, which is why cooks have two tons of it ready for Saturday and Sunday.

"We're probably going to go through, we're probably going to make about one million tortellini, probably close to one million ravioli," says Javier Rocha, a chef at the Eldorado.

Much of that pasta is sitting in bags and buckets, ready to be cooked and served. Rocha shows us around the kitchen, where cooks are still making enough marinara sauce to last through the weekend.

While the cooks are preparing to feed people, members of the Zoppe, an Italian Family Circus are preparing to entertain the people. They expect some big crowds to come see them perform this weekend.

"They can expect to see a circus as a child would imagine a circus," says Giovanni Zoppe. "There's horses, there's dogs, there's comedy, there's trapeze, there's juggling. It's a real circus."

Saturday, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday it's from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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