38th Annual Spiedie Fest wraps up

Like most good things, Spiedie Fest has officially come to an end, but there’s still work to be done.
(Maci Cosmore)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 6:46 PM EDT
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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Like most good things, Spiedie Fest has officially come to an end, but there’s still work to be done.

“We need to get the park back to itself where people can come back and enjoy this beautiful park,” said Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally Event Coodinator David Pessagno. “So, we’re working hard. We’ll have it pretty much down by today, but then there will be little pieces we have to get cleaned up, but we want to welcome back the community and make sure it’s in good shape for where the county had it and where we left it at the end of yesterday.”

Just this past weekend, thousands of people filled Otsiningo Park.

Visitors took part in multiple activities, including the balloon rally, celebrity meet and greets, animal shows and spiedie cook-offs.

“I would say the highlights had to be the concerts,” Pessagno said. “I mean Friday, Brian Kelly was amazing. On Saturday, Lou Gramm had a full house, and then I honestly think Garl LeVox was the best concert we’ve ever put on. I’ve done this for 38 years and I think it was the best show we’ve ever had. It was Absolutely amazing. He had the crowd going. He had a surprise proposal; He called the gentleman up on stage to propose and the crowd went crazy.”

However, despite the weekend’s hot, humid and stormy weather, this year’s festival is one for the books.

“It was huge. It was great to see people happy and excited and back in the summer eating spiedies, watching the balloons and everything that we do here is just a really rewarding weekend for us and for the community,” Pessagno said.

Cleanup efforts are planned for the next few days, but Otsiningo Park is expected to reopen to the public on Tuesday.

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