Our Lady of Victory Church's upcoming parish festival again will offer a seaworthy raffle prize.

During the fest, the church will raffle off a seven-day cruise for two on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas ship.

The parish festival will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12 at the church, 1553 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.

"Our festival is held as a event for the entire community, not just our church community," festival chairman Jesse Oddi said. "It's an event with a nice family atmosphere for the people of Grandview, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington."

This is the second year the church festival has given away a cruise.

"We wanted to offer something that would be a little bit more exciting than your typical raffle prize," Oddi said. "Last year's raffle was really successful, and we think this one will be even more popular as more people hear we're giving away a cruise."

The cruise will set sail Jan. 13, 2018, and will depart from Ft. Lauderdale with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee, Haiti (a private resort operated by Royal Caribbean); and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, returning Jan. 20 to Florida.

Raffle tickets are $10 each. The drawing will be held at 10 p.m. Aug. 12. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

Apart from the fabulous prizes, food is a highlight at the festival, Oddi said.

Friday night features a fish fry.

"It's very similar to the fish fry we hold during the Lenten season," Oddi said. "For those people who have a hankering for our fish, the festival gives you a chance to have a sample six months early."

Saturday night will feature a pasta dinner and other homemade Italian food, including sausage. Pizza will be available both nights.

"We'll also have all the traditional festival food, like hot dogs, ice cream and funnel cakes," Oddi said.

A silent auction will offer everything from Columbus Blue Jackets tickets to jewelry and gifts for youngsters, he said.

"We'll have both high-end items and less-expensive things up for bid," Oddi said.

Live entertainment, inflatables, a cake walk for children and games for youngsters, teens and adults will be offered both nights, said Margherita Finelli, communications co-chairwoman for the church.

"We'll have two great bands performing on our main stage: Exploit on Friday night and Paradise Island Band on Saturday," she said. "We have tables set up in front of the stage and it's really nice for people to be able to sit down, enjoy their dinner and relax while listening to some great music."

Proceeds from the festival are used to support various church missions and projects, including supporting area food pantries and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, playing host for dinners at the YWCA Family Center and providing scholarships for students attending Catholic schools, Oddi said.

"We also use some of the money to help pay the cost of utilities and any sprucing up around the parish that Father Romano wants to do," Finelli said.

Parking will be available at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., and a shuttle service to the festival will be provided, he said.

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