St. Joe festival back this weekend

The St. Joseph Parish Festival is to be open 3-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday at the school grounds on Melmore Street. People of all ages can find games to play, favorite foods to enjoy and prizes to win.

A new feature this year is a prize booth. Those who win a game can choose a small prize at the booth or they can receive a token for each win. At the end of their visit to the festival, they can redeem the tokens for a larger prize at the prize booth.

Less competitive patrons can stop at the surprise boutique to obtain gift bags with novelties tucked inside, or they can look for treasures at the general store, which opens at 9 a.m. in the activity center.

Many prizes have been donated for the super raffle, including a washing machine; Ohio State-Iowa football tickets, $75 in lottery tickets; gift certificates and gift cards; bicycles; clocks; a quarter of beef; an iPad; a crystal crucifix; artwork; gift baskets; Calvert tuition credit and more items. The grand prize is $10,000 cash; second prize, $1,000; third prize $500; and two fourth prizes of $400 each.

The lunch stand is to have homemade chicken noodle soup and pies. Food booths are to have bratwurst, soft drinks and funnel cakes.

Bingo and games are to be open both days. Children’s rides also are to be set up on the grounds, including a bounce house, castle, obstacle course, pony ride or the Spartan Express Train.

Saturday, adults can sign up for Texas Hold ’em poker at 7 p.m. in the Upper Room. The buy-in is $40.

Also Saturday, a pulled pork dinner is to be served starting at 5 p.m. in the air-conditioned cafeteria. Live entertainment is scheduled on the outdoor stage. The New Riegel Jacket Co. is to sing from 3-4 p.m., followed by Free Wild 4:30-6:30. The Left Overs Band closes out the evening from 7-10 p.m.

Sunday’s special features include a chicken dinner, with serving starting at 11 a.m. in the cafeteria for dining in or carry-out. A drive-thru also is to be set up. These dinners can be delivered to the homebound if they are ordered by today. Call Mary at (419) 397-2616. The cost is $8 each.

The meal includes baked chicken, buttered homemade noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, roll, green beans, cole slaw or applesauce and a dessert.

The entertainment Sunday includes a magic show by Rodney Biggert 2:30-3:30 p.m., Dave and Glenn 4-6:30 p.m. and The Late Show 7-10 p.m.