COLUMBUS GROVE — It’s church festival season again in northern Ohio. The St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Columbus Grove is hosting its annual festival this weekend, bringing food, fun and lots of opportunities to win exciting prizes.
This year’s festival is set to be a special one, not only because the 2020 event was canceled, but because it is the first community event since the church had a fire in June.
“Things are almost back to normal in the church, we had to do some cancellations of functions and stuff at that time, but everything’s back to almost normal,” said Ken Kruse, co-chairman of the festival board. “The people that came in and cleaned did a heck of a job. They kept right at it to get it done so we can get back into the church again.”
The festival will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday and run all day on Sunday. Highlights of the weekend at St. Anthony’s include the 5k run on Saturday night, followed by live music from Split starting at 8 p.m.
Someone at the festival could become a big winner, as the church plans on giving away thousands in cash prizes, including the main prize of $20,000 toward a new car or $15,000 in cash. There will also be smaller prizes for the taking, with smaller cash prizes totaling $2,500 and $100 gas cards.
It wouldn’t be a church festival without a cookout, so St. Anthony’s is providing chicken and beef dinners as the main draw on Sunday in the church hall. This year, they have brought more convenient options for anyone who is looking to eat. Dinners will be available starting at 11 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. Carryout orders will be available until 3 p.m., including a drive-through option running until 1.
Once visitors are finished eating, they can head into the church cafeteria, where a variety of things to do for everyone in the family. Adults can sit down and enjoy a game of bingo or shop around at the country store or garage sale that will be set up at the church. For the kids, there will be rides, games, duck races and a kiddie tractor pull.
Kruse said that he is expecting the crowd to be better than ever for this year’s event.
“It’s for the whole town,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, people show up from town and other towns too. We always get a good crowd.”
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