The Santa Lucia Italian Festival begins its 90th festival on June 5th with the return of the Triumphal Arch.
The Arch, which has been absent from the festival for nearly 10 years, was designed decades ago by early Italian immigrants and is still considered a proud engineering feat.
When the festival moved to the Lewis & Clark Landing in 2006, The Arch could not be erected because six-foot deep footings under the concrete were traditionally required for stability.
In March, the Santa Lucia Festival committee members raised about $12,000 of an estimated $20,000 price tag, to begin restoration of The Arch, and to have it re-engineered to allow it to be freestanding,
without the need to dig footings.
Further fundraisers and proceeds from this year’s festival
will help pay down the total costs.
On Thursday, June 5th, festival organizers will unveil the newly restored arch at the opening ceremonies.