Dr. Russ and Dee Fine – 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award


Dr. Russ and Dee ( Davadeen Woerner) Fine, Birmingham, Al will receive the HerrinFesta Italiana Lifetime Achievement award for 2017 over Memorial Day weekend. Area natives Russ and Dee Fine have made every effort to pack three or more lifetimes into one grand, on-going adventure.  Since eloping more than fifty years ago, after a half-dozen […]



Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois – 2017 Corporate Honoree


Herrin – HerrinFesta Italiana  names Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois as their Corporate Honoree for 2017.“Essential.”  That’s the term best used to describe Veterans  Airport of Southern Illinois.  With its 8,000 foot primary runway; 5,000 foot secondary runway; sophisticated  instrument landing systems; air traffic control tower; full service Fixed Base Operator; numerous aircraft hangar facilities; […]



Nesler’s Polar Whip – Energy


It’s a legacy business in the region.  Family owned with family workers, day in and day out, except Sundays, Nesler’s Polar Whip begins their day at 5:30 a.m.   Burgers by the hundreds are served each week at the little place that brings fame, and certainly a good living, to Ron and Jeannie Nesler and their […]



Lifetime Achievement Award 2016: Harry L Crisp II


Harry L. Crisp II, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi MidAmerica in Marion, will receive the prestigious HerrinFesta Italiana Lifetime Achievement Award during the 26th annual event in May. The award will be presented during the Mayor’s HerrinFesta Honoree Banquet on May 24 at the Herrin Elks Club, and Crisp will ride in the Festa Grand […]



Sue Calcaterra Ridgway Named Grand Parade Marshall 2016


Sue Calcaterra Ridgway, Herrin native, and area businesswoman has been named HerrinFesta Grand Parade Marshall for 2016.  A senior account executive for the Arthur Agency in Carbondale, she was a longtime physician recruiter for SIH. The daughter of Julius and Elda (Ruggeri) Calcaterra, she is a graduate of St. Mary’s School (OLMC) and Herrin High School.  […]