St. Christopher Catholic Church's annual festival will be held during a particularly busy weekend in Grandview Heights.

The festival's first night will coincide with the Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic, and the second night will take place the same day as Digfest.

"I don't think those events will detract from our festival -- they add to it," said Jackie O'Reilly, St. Christopher's assistant administrator.

"Each event may draw its own audience, but there's also a lot of people who will spend some time down at the bike race or at Digfest, then head down to our festival," she said. "Our festival's always a big destination for families."

The festival will be 6 to 11 p.m. June 16 and 5:30 to 11 p.m. June 17 at the church, 1420 Grandview Ave.

"We'll be serving a lot of what you would call 'fair favorites,' like burgers, brats, pizza and funnel cakes," O'Reilly said. "We'll also have cakes and other baked goods homemade by members of our church."

A featured food attraction this year will be provided by La Scala Italian Restaurant, she said, as its Italian sausage and meatballs will be part of the menu.

Kids will be able to enjoy a variety of rides and games and face painting, she said. Games of chance also will be offered for teens and adults.

Each night will feature a full entertainment lineup.

The first night will feature the Jolly Steppers at 6 p.m., followed by Lydia Brownfield at 7 p.m. and the Conspiracy Band at 8 p.m.

The second day, Jack and Dianna Launer will take the stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by The Moro Brothers at 6:30 and The Professors at 8 p.m.

A silent auction provides most of the festival's proceeds, auction chairwoman Joan Gillis said.

"We always get such wonderful support from the restaurants and businesses in the community," she said.

Many of the auctions's featured items will be gift baskets, some donated by businesses and others put together by the auction committee.

"We'll get together on the Wednesday before the festival and start putting together baskets featuring items that go together," Gillis said.

Donated baskets will include a set of hand towels for the kitchen handmade by a St. Christopher parishoner, a basket with a one-year subscription to Highlights for Children and an assortment of children's books from Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers and a "Grazing Down Grandview Avenue" basket, featuring gift cards from restaurants located along the avenue.

"We have someone who donates a lottery basket, containing $50 worth of $1 lottery tickets," Gillis said. "That could turn out to be quite a valuable item."

The variety of the auction's gift baskets almost guarantees "there will something that will appeal to just about everyone," she said.

In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle, with half of the proceeds going to the church.

Raffle tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased by contacting the church office at 486-0457. The 50/50 drawing will be 9 p.m. June 18. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

The festival serves as a major fundraiser for St. Christopher.

"The money goes toward general operations, but if there is a need in the church, we'll earmark the proceeds for that purpose," O'Reilly said. "This year we'll be using at least some of the money we raise from the festival to help pay for new lighting in our church."

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