Pasta preparations begin for the 123rd Tontitown Grape Festival

Jul 21, 2022 428

The Tontitown Grape Festival is back for its 123rd year. Locals say when a large number of Italians came to Arkansas they moved to Sunnyside, but since it wasn’t conducive to growing grapes, some re-located to Tontitown. And they have been holding their festival there ever since.

“This is our heritage, you know. We’re doing these things because our grandparents did these things, and their grandparents did these things,” said Ryan Pianalto, the director of the Tontitown Grape Festival. 

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