St. Mary Fall Festival features dinner, fun

With three days worth of events, the St. Mary Catholic School Fall Festival offers a little something for everyone–and every age group.

The event, one of the largest annual fundraisers for the school, kicks off Friday with a catered dinner and wine pairings from the House of Wines along with raffles and silent and live auctions. On Saturday, there will be $6,000 in payouts during an afternoon and evening of Super Bingo and on Sunday, a family-friendly carnival and chicken dinner will take the spotlight.

The weather is supposed to turn more seasonal and mild just in time for the festivities.

“We hope that really gets people in the mood to celebrate the fall festival,” said the school’s vice principal, Molly Frye, co-chair of the event.

There are some new additions to the event this year, including a pie auction.

“We thought that would be a fun way to encourage younger families to dig out grandma’s recipe and make a pie together,” said Tammi Bradley, event co-chair. “I’m hoping that will be a new, enjoyable experience for people.”

The pie auction will be on Sunday, along with the chicken dinner prepared by the Catholic Woman’s Club and the Knights of Columbus. Also on the menu will be homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cinnamon applesauce and rolls. Dinner is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 12.

Also on Sunday, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. there will be children’s games stations, along with raffles.

“We’ll have carnival-type games, like hopscotch and plinko and we’ll have face painting,” said Bradley.

Before Sunday’s main event, the festival will kick off on Friday with the catered dinner at 7 p.m. in the parish center. It’s only the second years for the adults-only evening, said Bradley.

“Last year went really well and it’s just so neat to see the school turned into a nice setting for an evening out,” she said.

The evening will also include raffle drawings. Items to be auctioned will included theme baskets, a school parking space, reserved seating for school programs and more.

Then, on Saturday, doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for Super Bingo. A free spaghetti meal will be served starting at 4 p.m. Along with the bingo payouts, there will be $1,500 in door prizes drawn every half hour starting at 5 p.m.

Frye said the fall festival is a great way to support the school. Money raised goes into the school’s general budget.

“It’s a nice way for members of the parish and parents to donate money and drive it in the school’s direction,” she said.

However, the festival is open to the entire community, not just those in the St. Mary parish or those connected to the school.

“We really hope to see the community support this event and come and have fun here as well,” said Bradley. “We have such a good following for our fish fry that we do and people know from that our reputation for good food.”

At a glance

St. Mary Catholic School Fall Festival.

¯ Friday: Dinner catered by House of Wines at 7 p.m.

¯ Saturday: Super Bingo; doors open at 2:30 p.m.

¯ Sunday: Chicken Dinner/Carnival from 1 to 6 p.m.