Hungry? Our Lady fest has plenty of options
Set Aug. 9-10, church festival's food offerings are a top draw, but there's more fun to be had
Food again will be one of the top attractions at Our Lady of Victory's church festival.
The fest will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10 at the church, 1559 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.
"We'd like to think we're pretty well-known for the food we serve at our festival," said event chairman Jesse Oddi. "We have a group of church members who prepare the food every year."
The menu will include a fish fry Friday night and a pasta dinner Saturday.
"The fish is the same meal we prepare every year for our fish fry, which is always so popular," Oddi said. "You can come in, sit down and have a nice fish dinner one night and a great pasta dinner the next."
Edibles available throughout the weekend will include meatball subs, pizza, sausage sandwiches, funnel cakes, snowcones, lemon shakeups and ice cream.
"We have what we think is one of the best silent auctions around that will be going on through the festival," Oddi said.
Items up for bid will include vacation packages to Florida and Savannah, Ga., OSU football tickets and tickets to Browns, Bengals and Blue Jackets games, as well as fine jewelry, he said.
"We'll announce the winning bids at 9 p.m. Saturday and immediately start contacting the winning bidders," Oddi said.
A raffle also will be held with an iPad as first prize, a Samsung Galaxy Mini-tablet as the second prize and $100 as the third prize.
Raffle tickets cost $5 each and the winners will be drawn at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oddi said.
Five inflatables will be set up for youngsters, a children's cake walk will be held, and a few gambling wheels will be open to adults.
"We try to limit the gambling at our festival," Oddi said. "We want this to be a fun, family-friendly event that the Grandview, Marble Cliff and Arlington community can come to and have a good time."
Children's games will be offered, as will games designed for teens.
"We wanted to come up with some things that would appeal to them," Oddi said. "You know, you get to be about 12 or 13 years old and a church festival just isn't as cool as it once was."
Teens can take a running leap onto a Velcro wall and play a game in which they try to toss balls into three toilets, he said.
For the second year, a gathering for alumni of the Our Lady of Victory school will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
"It went really well last year," Oddi said. "People brought their pictures and stories from their years at the school. It was a chance for people to see each other again and reminisce."
Volunteers still are needed to help out at the festival, he said.
Anyone interested in volunteering should email volunteer coordinator Nancy Tarini at email@example.com or simply stop by the volunteer tent at the festival, Oddi said.
The festival serves as a major fundraiser for the church.
"We use the money we raise for our many outreach programs and the various organizations we support in the community," Oddi said.