St. Christopher Catholic Church is inviting visitors to Grandview Avenue to come for the Hop and stay for the festival.

The second day of the church's 19th annual festival will be held Saturday, June 30, the same evening as the first Grandview Hop event of the summer.

"We're holding the festival a couple weeks later than before this year," said Joan Gillis, auction chairwoman for the festival. "We're hoping to attract a lot of people who will stop by our event before or after they do the Hop."

St. Christopher's festival will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 29, and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the church, 1420 Grandview Ave.

"We offer our festival not just as a church event, but as a community festival," Gillis said.

As always, the festival will offer a variety of "traditional fair food," she said, including Italian sausage, burgers, brats, French fries, pizza and deep-fried Snickers.

"We'll also have plenty of choices to satisfy your sweet tooth," Gillis said.

An array of pies, cakes and cookies baked by church members will be sold at the festival, she said.

Youngsters will be able to enjoy a variety of rides and games, with games of chance offered for teens and adults, Gillis said.

Both nights will feature a full entertainment lineup.

The first night of the fest will feature the Jolly Steppers at 6 p.m., Lydia Brownfield at 7 p.m. and Agent 99 at 8 p.m. Little Cousins will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. June 30, followed by the Moro Brothers at 6:30 and the Professors at 8 p.m.

Most of the festival's proceeds come from the annual silent auction, Gillis said.

The auction will take place throughout the festival in the Trinity Catholic School cafeteria adjacent to the church, she said.

"You can come in and view the items, check the bids and submit your own bids for the items you're interested in," Gillis said.

The items will include an assortment of gift baskets and packages, many with a specific theme or featuring gift cards from local restaurants and businesses, she said.

Other featured items will include four tickets to a BalletMet production of "The Nutcracker," an OSU football signed by two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and a Columbus Clippers ticket package and licensed sports collectibles from teams including the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Harry Potter fans can vie for a Gryffindor Hogwarts robe featuring a wand pocket (with wand included).

"We'll also have some one-of-a-kind items, including a hand-painted patio umbrella and handmade jewelry," Gillis said.

The proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will be split between the holder of the winning ticket and the church. Raffle tickets cost $10 each. The drawing will be held about 9 p.m. June 30. The winner need not be present.

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

Proceeds are used to help pay general operating and maintenance expenses and support church programs and outreach projects, Gillis said.

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