LIMA — You can smell the excitement in the air this weekend for the St. Gerard Festival. Literally.
“You really can start smelling the chicken wings cooking here on Friday. We’re sort of known for those wings,” said Kelly Stolly of the Festival committee.
But it’s not just the wings that draw people into this 35-year old festival.
“We have a schedule and events that work well for us. We fine tune things every year, but this festival pretty much runs itself thanks to the hundreds of volunteers that step up every year to keep things moving,” Stolly said.
Known for their wings, as well as their chicken dinners and pulled pork offerings, this year’s festival will also include deep-fried bologna sandwiches.
And to keep the party going, the festival committee has gone back to the concept of local bands performing throughout the three-day event.
There’s the Indoorfins, Brother Believe Me, Polly Mae, the Hypnotix, the Will Freed Band, and Midnight Renegade. “And, as we have done the last several years, we close the festival on Sunday with karaoke with Linda Farmer. All of these bands bring their own following because they’re known and loved by people in this area,” Stolly said.
Again this year, the Scott Huysman Memorial 5K/fun run will also kick off Saturday events with a 10 a.m. start. “That continues to grow in popularity, and it’s a great way to start the day,” Stolly said.
Beer will also be served, but the curfew after 9 p.m. each night allows only those 18 and older on the festival grounds, unless accompanied by an adult.
“We have so much going on. There’s the games of chance, the rides, games for the kids, entertainment for everybody. And, as always we have $20,000 in prizes to be raffled off, including a $10,000 top prize,” Stolly added.
St. Gerard Festival