The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 12, 2013

Festivalgoers have range of options in July

Sean Sauro

— Several church festivals offering specialty foods, entertainment, games and prizes are slated to keep festivalgoers and entertainment seekers satisfied during the remaining weekends of July.

• St. Therese Church Festival opened Friday and will continue today and Sunday in the church parking lot along the upper section of Decker Avenue, festival chairman Joe Stibich said.

“It’s basically an ethnic festival,” he said.

Festivalgoers in attendance will have a chance to enjoy ethnic foods including pierogies and pigs in a blanket as well as homemade pizza, Stibich said.

“A lot of people praise our pizza.”

A spaghetti dinner also will be held from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church hall, Stibich said.

Attendees also will have a chance to participate in games, chances and give-aways, and they will be able ride carnival rides.

A matinee is to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, when children can ride for half price.

Festival grounds will open at 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday and close at 10:30 each night.

A fireworks show to close out the festivities will be held at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A raffle with five prizes, including a prize of $1,000, is to be held before the show, according to a news release.

This is the 66th year for the annual festival.

• On July 21, the annual St. Clement’s Parish Festival will be held in the upper church lot along Goucher Street, parish secretary Sue Bellack said.

The festival will feature a car cruise at 10 a.m. Interested participants will need to pay a $5 registration fee, and the first 150 will get a free T-shirt.

Following the car cruise, a polka Mass led by Rosie and the Jammers will begin at 10:30 in the church, Bellack said.

“It’s a regular Mass where everything is sung to polka music,” she said. “It’s fun. (Attendees) think it’s really good.”

The band Cruizin will play from 1 to 4 p.m.

“They play ’50s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll,” Bellack said.

Though the festival has been held annually for about 15 years, Bellack said there will be an addition this year – a newly built pavilion.

The pavilion is to serve as the central hub for festival activity, Bellack said.

“The (roast beef) dinner will be served there, and the activities will be going on around there.”

In addition to the dinner, festivalgoers will be able to purchase ethnic food from the festival’s international grill.

A bake sale, games for adults and children and a rock climbing wall also will be featured.

The event is to conclude with a karaoke session from 4 to 6 p.m.

• During the weekend of July 26-28, St. Benedict Church along Main Street in Carrolltown is to host the 56th annual Homecoming Festival, secretary and bookkeeper Ann Kelly said.

The festival will offer multiple dining options.

“There will be ethnic foods all three days, and there is going to be a chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday,” she said.

A wing night will be held July 26 at the beer stand.

A garage sale, bingo games and a basket auction also are planned.

A disc jockey will provide entertainment each day and children’s games will be available.

Chances can be bought for an opportunity to win either a Honda 420 quad-cycle or a cash prize of $13,000, Kelly said.

The winner is to be chosen July 28.

All three festivals are open to the public.

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