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Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Annual festival, homecoming slated Aug. 8-10

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4383 E. Broad St., will hold its eighth annual Holy Spirit Parish Festival and Homecoming on Aug. 8-10 on the campus of the church and school.

The event serves as both a festival for the public and a homecoming and reunion for former students of the school, said Jim Cottrill, chairman of the festival and homecoming committee.

The three-day festival has attracted about 2,000 patrons in recent years.

"It brings families together (from throughout the area) no matter what faith they practice, (and) it's a chance for everyone to gather to celebrate the summer with family, neighbors, food and fun," Cottrill said.

The festival and homecoming will feature food, live music, entertainment, a silent auction, a bake sale and rides and games for children.

Stage acts include Fiddle & Forte, performing 6-7 p.m.; Under the Docks, performing 7:15-8:15 p.m.; and the Matt Munhall Trio, performing 8:30-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

Musical entertainment on Friday, Aug. 9, includes Swing's the Thing, from 6 to 8 p.m., and LOBOZ, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

A.J. Angelo will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, followed by Heindog & Stadz, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Proceeds from the bake sale and silent auction benefit the programs and expenses of the school and church.

Items in the silent auction include tickets and merchandising for the Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets and Ohio State Buckeyes, as well as gift cards from retail stores and restaurants and gift baskets assembled by parish members.

The festival and homecoming will include carnival-style rides and games, provided by Big O Amusements. All-day wrist bands will be available for purchase, as will single tickets.

"The best things about our festival, we think, is the food," Cottrill said.

Other than a few vendors associated with the amusement rides provider, the rest of the food is prepared and served by parish members and other volunteers.

"We have the best festival food in town," among the most popular of which is a Cuban sandwich and roasted corn, Cottrill said.

The Holy Spirit Parish Festival and Homecoming is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8; from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 9; and from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 10.

Admission is free. Parking is free and is available on the east side of the church and school.

For details and a full schedule of all activities, go online to HolySpiritColumbus.org or call 614-861-1521.