For more than 30 years, Pickerington's Seton Parish Festival has been entertaining the greater Pickerington-Violet Township community every September.
With food, rides, games, live music and more, festival organizers proudly acknowledge the family-friendly event has something for everybody to enjoy.
The three-day festival is scheduled to run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 5-7, on the grounds of Seton Parish, 600 Hill Road N. in Pickerington. Admission is free.
Seton Festival co-chairman Jason Heitmeyer said the event continues to appeal to a wide spectrum of the community.
"It certainly is a festival for all of the general public to enjoy. We just like to show off Seton Parish and it gives people a chance to come together and enjoy themselves in a very safe and comfortable environment," said Heitmeyer.
While not much has changed in the format from previous Seton Parish festivals, the 2014 edition does feature a new twist in the beer garden.
"New this year is we're going to have a live broadcast of the Ohio State (University football) game on Saturday night," Heitmeyer said. "We'll project it on a large screen in the entertainment tent.
"So while you're watching the game, the kids can go play the midway games or ride the rides," he said.
Heitmeyer said food prepared by the local Knights of Columbus chapter will be available for purchase.
"The food is all home-cooked by the Knights," Heitmeyer said.
"Handmade cabbage rolls, chicken and ribs, corn on the cob, brats -- we just have a variety of really good food," he said.
The bake sale tent will feature home-baked cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes, breads, brownies and Greek specialty pastries.
In Seton's Activity Center, the popular festival flea market is back again this year. Parishioners donate a variety of items for the sale, including furniture this year.
Festival organizers are also preparing the "Bid 'n' Buy" tent to once again showcase a silent auction of donated items ranging from sports memorabilia to home decor to gift cards.
Heitmeyer said kid-friendly rides are back as well.
"(The rides) are all age-appropriate, geared toward those 12 years of age and younger," he said, adding for the purchase of a $15 wristband, "you can ride all day."
In addition to the primary entertainment of the televised OSU game on Saturday night, Heitmeyer said there will be free music from local artists Friday and a special concert by Chris Logsden on Sunday.
"(Logsden) always brings a nice crowd," he said.
Adults can play also play a variety of "games of chance" including Black Jack, Texas Hold 'em, instant lottery tickets and a raffle with two prizes of $500 each and two grand prizes of $5,000 each, Heitmeyer said.
Pickerington's Seton Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call the Seton Parish office at 614-833-0482.