Each Labor Day weekend, approximately 10,000 people attend the St. Michael Festival.

Each Labor Day weekend, approximately 10,000 people attend the St. Michael Festival.

They come for the good food, free entertainment, games and rides for children, and casino games for adults. And that is what they will find this weekend.

"We try to put together a good mix of what people like and what they come back for," said festival spokesperson Tessa Pinkerton.

This weekend's festival will be the 35th held at the church and school located at 5750 N. High St., at the corner of Selby Boulevard in Worthington.

Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 5 to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission, parking, and entertainment are free, and the cost of everything is kept low to provide families with reasonably-priced entertainment, Pinkerton said.

Snacks cost between $1 and $3, and a child can play midway games or ride rides all evening for $5 worth of tokens, she said.

Sixty attractions will provide fun for everyone, she said.

There will be midway rides and games for children; a silent auction; a cash raffle with a grand prize of $1,500; a casino with popular games such as poker and blackjack; and a garage sale booth.

Many look forward to the food, she said. On the menu will be slow-roasted sweet corn, pizza, fresh-cut fries, and home-baked goods.

On Friday, fish and chips will be sold. Saturday specials include kielbasa and sauerkraut and a lasagna dinner catered by Carfagna's Kitchen.

On Friday, crowd favorite Arnett Howard's Band will play from 8 to 11 p.m.

Saturday's line-up is Ladies of Longford, 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Tim Cumminskey/Kim Pensyl Quartet, 5-7:30 p.m.; Capriccio, 7-8 p.m.; Bill Antoniak & His Polka Heroes, 8-11 p.m.

On Sunday, Gas Pump Jockeys will play from 5 to 7 p.m. and Matt Munhall & his Band from 8 to 11 p.m.

Proceeds from the festival support parish projects such as the food pantry operated from the church and outreach programs such as Adopt-A-Family, which provides gifts and food for needy families at Christmas.

Festival patrons will receive free tokens for games and rides by donating canned food items at the festival. One token will be given for each food item donated, up to 20 tokens per family.