Organizers of this year’s St. Mary’s International Festival encourage visitors to come and visit the world in their own backyard.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 on the corner of Fifth and Market streets.
The two-day event features food and entertainment, a flea market, crafts and games, antique car and truck show on Saturday only and much more.
In earlier years the festival began as an Octoberfest, but changed to an international festival when Father Bill Maroon came up with the idea of utilizing the talents from the different nationalities of the people who attended the church. Several years ago, entertainment was added to the event with everything from skits and bands to karaoke, kids games, face painting and inflatables.
But the main entertainment for the festival is the food.
The annual festival features an International Food Court to celebrate and share the unique heritage of St. Mary’s parishioners, past and present.
The food selections include German, Italian, Philippine, Mid East, Irish, Mexican, American, as well as local Appalachian and selections to please the kids. Other treats include homemade ice cream, pies and cakes.
An Antique and Classic Car and Truck Show will fill Market Street on Saturday, with registration from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.; trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. An indoor flea market and craft room opens at 9 a.m. with a wide variety of treasures to find. Many unique items will also be offered at a Silent Auction, both days.
Raffle tickets for a “Diamond in the Rough” Handcrafted Queen Size Quilt, a 42-inch LCD Flat Screen TV, and five cash prizes will also be available.
The food court is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Live entertainment, music and kids games are planned for the whole family to enjoy.
Everyone is invited to come and celebrate a weekend filled with fun and fellowship. For more information, please call (740) 354-4551 or e-mail St. Mary’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEBORAH DANIELS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 234, or e-mail email@example.com.