FOSTORIA - This weekend, the 40th annual St. Wendelin Parish Festival is to take over the school grounds at 533 N. Countyline St., Fostoria. This family-friendly event features amusement rides, food, live entertainment, games, prize drawings and even sporting events.
The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with the Steve Gillig Memorial 5K run/walk. Register in advance at www.stwendelin.org or 4:30-6 p.m. prior to the race. The cost is $20, with proceeds to benefit the cross country programs at St. Wendelin School. Awards are to be given to the top men's and women's finishers and to age group winners.
A teen dance for students ages 12-14 is to take place 7-10 p.m. Friday. Allie and the Rockers are to play 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday in the south tent. In the gymnasium, the Collectors' Corner is to be open with garage-sale items all three days.
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Volunteers sort and mark on items in the Collectors’ Corner, located in the St. Wendelin gymnasium.
Throughout the festival, games and rides are to be open, bratwurst and favorite carnival foods are to be served, and adults can try their luck in an air-conditioned casino.
Saturday, the 17th annual St. Wendelin Golf Classic tees off at 8 a.m. at Loudon Meadows. This four-person scramble has a shotgun start and costs $200 per team or $50 per person. Entry forms are available at www.stwendelin.org.
The main festival runs 4 p.m.-midnight. A Mexican dinner is to be served from 4 p.m. until the food runs out. Bingo is to be offered 5-10 p.m. Nashville recording artist Connor Rose is to perform 5-7 p.m. in the south gym, with Rutherford County as the featured band in the entertainment tent.
Book signing included
St. Wendelin Parish Festival has planned a book signing. Author Elaine Myers is to sign copies of her children's book, "The Adventures of Lizzy Beth at Grandma's Ranch" 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-11 p.m. Sunday.
Now a resident of Cape Coral, Fla., Myers writes about the adventures of a girl named Lizzy who explores near her grandmother's ranch with a horse named Nellie.
This book is about exploring nature and pursuing one's dreams, but it also touches on themes of love, friendship and family.
Families are the focus 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Discounted ride tickets are to be available until 3 p.m. A chicken dinner is to be offered 11:30 a.m. until sold out. Bingo is set for 1-6 p.m. From noon-2:45 p.m., the Christian band, A New Creation, is to perform. D.J. Kevin Yost takes over from 4-7:30 p.m.
The grand prize drawing is to be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday with the winner taking home $10,000 cash. Tickets can be purchased in the parish office before the festival or at the festival information booth.
The second, fourth and fifth prizes are $1,000, $300, $200 and $100, respectively.
Proceeds from the festival are to benefit St. Wendelin School and scholarships for students.
For more information, call the parish office at (419) 435- 6692.