The highest bidder will drive away with a new Subaru, but lots of fun awaits those who don't win, too.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will hold its annual festival Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18-19, and the Grove City community is invited.

“It really is a community festival. It’s not just for our church,” said John Matera, who is one of four co-chairmen of this year’s event

“We invite everyone to come out for an evening of family-friendly fun,” he said.

The festival will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight both days at the church, 3730 Broadway.

The event’s highlights will include a silent auction and a raffle of a 2017 Subaru Impreza.

“I think of all the churches in the central Ohio area, our silent auction is probably among the top two or three,” Matera said.

“We don’t concentrate on trying to have a lot of higher-price items,” he said. “We’ll have at least 100 items available, with a great variety of items. There’ll always something to pique everyone’s interest.”

A unique item up for bid will be a basket of craft beer brewed in destinations that church members have visited over the past year.

“We asked people to bring home a sample of a craft beer when they go on vacation somewhere,” Matera said. “We have beers from all across the country.”

A couple who traveled to Italy and other European sites were not able to bring beer with them to the U.S., so imported beers from the regions they visited were purchased from local beer vendors and have been included in the basket, he said.

“Some items will be auctioned off on Friday so that people who can only come to the festival on that night will have a chance to bid on things,” Matera said.

Tickets for the car raffle have been sold after Sunday Mass and also may be purchased from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in the church office. Tickets are $20.

“You can’t beat the chance of winning a car for only the cost of a $20 ticket,” Matera said.

The raffle drawing will be held Saturday night and the winner does not have to be present, he said.

The festival again will host a number of food trucks, including Pitabilities, Schmidt’s Sausage Truck and Donatos Pizza.

“Having the food trucks has really worked out well for our festival,” Matera said. “It allows us to offer a more-varied choice of food.”

The festival’s entertainment will include two bands each night, he said.

Eric Nassau and Danny and the Linders will perform Friday night; Joey and Jessica and Deuce and a Quarter will be featured Saturday.

Youngsters will enjoy the balloon twister from Simply Amazing Entertainment.

“He’s always a big hit,” Matera said.

Children’s games and rides also will be offered as well as some games of chance for older visitors.

“We also have a cake sale,” Matera said. “We’ll be offering more than 100 cakes baked by members of our parish using cake mixes we supply to them.”

Beer sales will be available at the festival.

Proceeds from the festival are used to help fund general operations at the church, Matera said.

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