Pickerington's Seton Parish is throwing its annual big party and once again is inviting the community to join in the fun.
The Seton Parish Festival 2013 is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6-8 on the church grounds, 600 Hill Road North.
"This will be our 32nd year, but there have been significant changes to the festival," said Jim Kronk, festival chairman.
"The flea market is back, but much bigger than it was last year," Kronk said. "Now it includes furniture."
He said changes also include expanded food offerings, such as a salmon bake and fish fry Friday.
Also new this year is a program put on by the parish's Youth Group called "Outdoor Venture."
"They'll have water games and a hamster ball, where you can get inside the ball and roll around," Kronk said.
All the usual parish festival staples, the popular things that draw people in, will be back, he said.
"Lots of rides, lots of adult games like bingo and Monte Carlo, the typical things we've done in the past," Kronk said.
The festival will also feature a bake sale, talent show, gift baskets, food tent and a $10,000 raffle.
The popular "Bid-n-Buy," in which local businesses donate both products and services for a silent auction, is back.
"We also have a full lineup of entertainment this year comprised of mostly local talent," Kronk said.
He said all the midway rides have been "renovated and updated," with an additional five "brand new" midway rides added to the mix.
The three-day event draws thousands every year to the parish grounds.
Kronk said putting on such a large community gathering wouldn't be possible without the dedicated assistance of festival volunteers who perform the planning, cooking, serving and cleaning.
"Over 400 volunteers have contributed," he said.
All of the proceeds from the Seton Parish Festival go to improving the church's infrastructure, particularly the worship space, which sees its share of wear and tear, Kronk said.
"The church is in need of renovation, it gets used every day of the year," he said.
"We are in the midst of a campaign to renovate the facility.
We hired the architect, and plans have been drawn up. Hopefully, all the money will go towards that effort," Kronk said.
The hours for Seton Parish Family Fun Festival are 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Sept. 6; 2 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 7; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8.