St. Christopher Church's fest keeps gaining in popularity
St. Christopher Church will hold its annual festival from 6 p.m. to midnight June 21 and 22 at the church, 1420 Grandview Ave.
"The festival is a nice opportunity to meet your neighbors and a way to build a community between our church and the surrounding community," said Mark Herbert, co-chairman of this year's festival committee with Jane Margiotta.
Since its return around a decade ago, the festival has drawn an increasing number of people, Herbert said.
"Ten or 15 years ago, Grandview Avenue wasn't a very active place, but with all the restaurants and shops that have opened, there's always a lot of activity on the weekends," he said. "That definitely helps our festival.
"We moved our carnival rides so that they can be seen from Grandview Avenue," Herbert said.
This year, all of the food sold at the festival will be prepared by church members, he said.
"We'll have all the favorites you find at fairs and we have some new things like fried Oreos and Snickers," Herbert said. "Our meatball subs are always popular. We're pretty well-known for them."
A new feature this year will be a wine and cheese garden that will be held indoors and in association with the silent auction, he said.
"It will be a nice place for people to come in and escape the heat," Herbert said.
Craft beers also will be among the beverage choices at the festival, he said.
Live entertainment will be featured both nights, including performances by the Professors and the JollySteppers dance group, Herbert said.
Carnival rides and games will be offered for youngsters and a gambling tent will be set up for adults, he said.
The festival serves as a major fundraiser for the church, Herbert said.
"In the past few years, we've been raising money to replace the church's heating and cooling system, but we've raised enough for that now, so the money will probably go for general church expenses and needs," he said.
Volunteers are needed to help operate booths and assist with set-up and clean-up, Herbert said.