Mark your calendars for our Annual OktoberFest on October 11th – 12th – 13th. This year, there will be a variety of great events throughout the weekend. First and foremost, we will have our wonderful OktoberFest food, including Traditional Red Pizza, Potato & Spinach Pizzas, Sausage Sandwiches, Cavatelli & Meatball, French Fries, and Cheese Puffs & Twists, along with Kielbasa & Sauerkraut, Kraut Dogs, Potato Pancakes, Apple Dumplings, Home-Made Pumpkin Pie, Oktoberfest themed Beers, Coffee & Soda. There will also be a chance to win $500 in our Early Bird Raffle for our 2020 Summer Festival Grand Prize. That prize package will be unveiled in just a few weeks. Three additional events will be added to make this year’s OktoberFest special.
Friday – October 11th – we will be open for lunch from 11am – 2pm and then again beginning at 5pm – 10pm. The evening will be highlighted by live music from Northern Whiskey. They were a great hit at the Summer Festival and we look forward to them raising the roof (or tent) on Friday night.
Saturday – October 12th – We will begin at 5pm (following the 4pm Mass); beginning at 7pm, we will have our first Night at the Races under the big top. Join us at Mount Carmel Downs, as we cheer on our favorite horse and jockey, take a few chances at the betting windows, and see who wins the big prizes. There will be ten races, with ten horses and jockeys in each race. We are looking for parishioners and friends to join us in sponsoring either a horse or jockey (or both). For $25 each – you can name a horse or jockey in a race; or for $50, you can name both the horse and jockey (with a chance of doubling your winnings in the race). At the end of each race, the winning horse and jockey will each win $100 cash, plus a few other surprises. We are also looking for 10 businesses or groups to be a race sponsor. The cost is $250 – you will receive a banner posted throughout the weekend and be highlighted in the racing program and announcements. If you are interested in sponsoring a horse, jockey, or both, please complete the portion below and return it to the parish office. If you are interested in sponsoring a race, please contact our office at 330-652-5825.
Sunday – October 13th – We will begin at 12noon (after the 11am Mass); remaining open throughout the afternoon, we will conclude the weekend at 4pm with the drawing of our $500 early bird raffle, along with drawing the winners of our Basket Raffle. This year, we will have a large selection of baskets raffled off. Beginning the weekend of September 28th-29th, the baskets (hopefully over 50 in total) will be in Holy Family Hall after all the Masses, with tickets available. They will also be on the grounds at the OktoberFest. If you are interested in donating a basket for the raffle, please contact the parish office. Again, this promises to be a great weekend of celebration. Please mark your calendars and plan to join in all the fun!
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