Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church's annual parish festival this weekend will have many familiar elements, but one familiar face will be missing.
"We'll be featuring a fish fry on Friday, the same as we offer during Lenten season; a lot of other traditional festival food; games for kids and adults; and rides for kids," said Barbara Hegler, communications director for the church, 1553 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.
"This will be the first festival since Father Romano died," Hegler said. "He was such a remarkable person. He loved the festival and it was always his goal that the festival be for the entire community and not just the parish. That's how we look at it."
Monsignor Romano Ciotola died Feb. 17. He had served since July 2000 at Our Lady, his original home parish.
The Rev. William Metzger joined the church as its new pastor July 9. He has served as a priest for 41 years and previously was pastor at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in West Jefferson before coming to Our Lady.
"I'm really happy to be at Our Lady and looking forward to attending my first festival at the church," Metzger said. "From what I understand, it's the same kind of small-town community festivals that were held at my church growing up."
The festival will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, at the church.
The Aug. 9 fish fry will be followed by a pasta dinner Aug. 10, Hegler said.
The festival will feature other foodie delights, including Italian sausage, homemade pastries, pizza, ice cream and funnel cakes, on both nights, she said.
A raffle will offer a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise with tickets costing $10 each, Hegler said.
A silent auction will offer tickets to Ohio State University football and Columbus Blue Jackets games and a number of specialty items, including a night at Easton Town Center, artwork from Blue Moon Photography and dinner for eight prepared by deacon Rob Joseph and his family, said Alicia Gaston, auction coordinator.
"We'll have a lot of items and baskets donated by local businesses," she said. "We have a great response from the local business community supporting our auction."
Bids will be accepted until 9 p.m. the second day of the festival, Gaston said.
Winning bidders who are not at the festival will be notified that evening and will be able to pick up their items after the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses Sunday, Aug. 11, at the church, she said.
Live entertainment will feature the Reaganomics on Aug. 9 and Direct Energy on Aug. 10.
Proceeds from the festival are used to support various church missions and scholarships and other parish expenses, Hegler said.
Parking will be available on side streets near Our Lady and in the lot at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., she said. A shuttle service to the festival will be provided.