The second annual Eliot Ness Fest, a celebration of the man who helped take down Al Capone, will take place this weekend in Coudersport in Potter County, writes Jason Nark for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ness, who was one of the nation’s most acclaimed lawmen, died there. Now, the small town is celebrating his life and accomplishments with a parade of vintage cars, an Al Capone look-alike contest, movie showings in the local vintage theater, and a 1920s dance at a nearby bar.
Meanwhile, the local courthouse will hold a reenactment of Capone’s historic trial on tax charges.
The event has already become a draw for area residents, as well as visitors from around the state and country.
“We had a pretty solid turnout, about 4,500, for the Eliot Ness Fest last year,” said Paul Heimel, a Potter County Commissioner and author of Eliot Ness: The Real Story. “Our town population is only 2,900.”
Ness moved to Coudersport in 1956, after a watermark company he invested in relocated there from Cleveland. He died the following year of heart failure at the age of 53.
Read more about the Eliot Ness Fest in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.