The Italian Benevolent Society hosted its 139th Italian Picnic and Parade last weekend. 

The three day event, running from May 31 to June 2, was filled with family fun, from food and carnival rides, to bocce competitions, salami bingo, live music, and, of course, the parade down Main Street in Sutter Creek.

The Italian Benevolent Society, which was established in 1881 and is the oldest continuing independent Italian club in the United States, was founded as a charitable institution to provide financial support to Italian miners and their families, especially those injured or killed as a result of their mining work. Today, it has over 120 members, most residing in Amador County, and all with Italian heritage. 

Since its inception, the Italian Benevolent Society has been hosting its annual Italian Picnic as its largest event and fundraising effort of the year. Though it is no longer dedicated to fundraising for the Italian mining community, the Italian Benevolent Society supports a number of worthy causes, including providing college scholarships to local high school students, contributing to Christmas to Remember and providing food to families in need during the holiday season. They raise funds for causes like these at the picnic and also through other smaller fundraisers throughout the year.

One of Amador County’s premier events, the Italian Picnic and Parade is one locals look forward to all year, and in its 139th year, the event did not disappoint!