St. Mary’s adds attractions to annual summer festival

The arrival of summer also marks the return of the St. Mary Parish Festival. The parish grounds at 85 S. Sandusky St. are to be transformed into a midway. There are some additions this year, including an hourly 50/50 drawing all three days.

Having the full festival open 6-11 p.m. Friday is a new feature, and a Putt-Putt golf booth has been added. Come to the school’s basement recreation room 6-10 p.m. for bingo, and visit the Boutique Booth in the gym for garage sale bargains and a raffle tickets for handmade quilts and afghans. Be sure to check out the entries for the new cake decorating contest. Festival patrons can vote for their favorite cake Friday or Saturday before the judging.

As usual, the beer tent is to be open 8 p.m.-midnight Friday with music by Expando Band. Only those 21 and older are admitted to the tent.

Festival hours are 2-11 p.m. Saturday, with bingo beginning at 5 p.m. Reino’s Italian dinners are to be served starting at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Father Gary Walters and Father Michael Roemmele are to square off again, with each preparing a cake to be auctioned after the 6:30 p.m. Mass. The cake decorating winners also are to be announced. At 7 p.m., card players can register for Texas Hold ’em at 7 p.m. in the Rec Room. The buy-in is $40. Then, Allie and the Rockers are to take to the stage in the beer tent 8 p.m.-midnight.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, running enthusiasts can sign up for a 5K run that starts at 9 a.m. The main festival hours Sunday are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Chicken dinners are to be served in the cafeteria, or pick up a couple to take home from the drive-thru on Miami Street. Bingo is 1:30-6:30 p.m. The pie-baking contest is to be judged at 3 p.m. Sunday at the general raffle tent. The pies are to be auctioned after the judging.

The beer tent is to be open 4-7 p.m. with music by Southern Express. The festival wraps up with the grand prize and golden raffle drawings at 7 p.m. The top prize is $10,000 cash.

Raffle prizes include a 32-inch LCD HD TV, Milwaukee angle grinder, toys, gift baskets, professional sporting event tickets, gift cards, a gas grill, small appliances, Cedar Point tickets and a season pass to Field of Dreams Drive-In.