Grand Parade Marshalls are David and Carla Pagano Hays of Herrin. The dynamic couple are owners of Mary’s Restaurant in Herrin and co-principals with the Green Grass Group owners of Kokopelli Golf Club and Restaurant in Marion and community activists in the region.
Robert DeFilippis of Herrin has been named to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Festa – 2013. He is an author, columnist and blogger with a long and successful career in business management, management consulting and executive coaching. He is also a columnist for the Carbondale Times.
Corporate Honoree is Walker’s Bluff the growing entertainment and winery complex in northeastern Williamson County bringing critical acclaim from the tourist industry in southern Illinois, owned by David and Cynde Bunch. The three honorees will be honored throughout the annual festival May 20-May 27 in and around the Herrin Civic Center and at the HerrinFesta Honoree Banquet, May 21 at the Herrin Elks Club. HerrinFesta Italiana is a fundraiser for the Herrin Chamber of Commerce.