By Teresa Jagodzinski
St. Mary’s Fall Festival has many activities scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at the American Legion Memorial Park on the shores of Big Waverly.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly conducts this annual festival as a parish. The festival is organized by St. Mary’s Family Circles. These are different circles (groups) made up of a number of different families from the parish.
Saturday’s Mass at 4 p.m. at the church marks the beginning of the festival. Following the Mass, the family fiesta begins at 5:15 p.m. with fun for the whole family down at the park by Waverly Lake.
Delicious Mexican food will be served by Divine Catering, and there will be piñatas for the young ones to try to break.
Jazz music will provide entertain for the day.
A variety of theme baskets will be set up for bidding. Each of these baskets is made up of a variety of items, and each one has a different theme. Bids will be accepted on these baskets until 8 p.m.
“These are a huge item,” explained Mary Pettit of St. Mary’s parish office. Pettit also added that these baskets are donated, and the people are very creative.
The sports enthusiast can also find something to enjoy at this festival with the 35 and over co-ed softball games that will be played in the evening.
Margaritas will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and the beer tent will be open both days.
The festival continues on Sunday with a full schedule of events the entire day. Masses on Sunday will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. The doors open at 9 a.m. for the Old Country Bazaar.
Whether you are looking for food, fun, or just to relax, you will find something at the bazaar.
A produce booth with fresh produce and a plant sale can both be found at the bazaar.
A cake walk will provide a chance to win a cake to take home and enjoy, but if you don’t win one there, the bake sale will have plenty of treats to purchase.
For fun and games, there will be bingo for everyone who wants to play, and other special games for the kids and teenagers.
A silent auction will give you the opportunity to bid on many different items with bids closing at different times throughout the day.
A book sale and coffee will offer a way to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
The Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s Family Circles will put on a pork chop dinner at 11 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $8 for one chop and $9 for two. Carryout is available for this dinner.
The music of The Town and Country Band plus Larry Broll can be heard from noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Waverly Park.
New for 2008 is the “Wagon of Wine” raffle and a gas raffle where you can purchase chances for bottles of wine and gas cards.
Also, the St. Mary’s youth team will be selling T-shirts, mugs, and other items highlighting the church’s 125th anniversary which will be celebrated next year.
Another raffle that will be conducted is the cash raffle with the first prize of $1,000. Tickets are still available at the parish office.
Again this year the festival closes with the big drawing for the car raffle which will be at 4:30 p.m. A new Pontiac G6 Coupe will be raffled off as the grand prize. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be bought up until the festival for $100 by contacting the parish office.
Pettit explained that there will be a lot of raffles and chances to win throughout the whole weekend and the community is encouraged to come and enjoy the festival.
Contact St. Mary’s Catholic Church at (763) 658-4319 for more information.