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Thursday, August 08, 2013 12:00 AM


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FORT JENNINGS—The Fort Jennings community is gearing up for its 75th annual Parish Festival, which will include many of the same events as in years past.


Parish Secretary Kelly Stant said there are two new additions to the festival: a new kids ride and the beer tent. Stant said the beer tent and the lunch stand, where people can find grilled hamburgers, will be open at approximately 5:45 p.m. after Mass on Saturday.


The festival gets into full swing Sunday morning with the St. Joseph’s Jog for SIDS—5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles) and Tot Trot (100 yards) starting at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. The 5K start location is at Fort Haven at 145 Fourth St. and the finish line is at St. Joseph’s Parish at 135 N. Water St.

The Tot Trot start and finish line will be located at St. Joseph’s Rectory front yard and registration for the race will be from 7:30-8:15 a.m. in the Fort Haven north parking lot.

An awards ceremony will be held at the finish line of the 5K Run. Awards will be given to the overall top three contestants for each gender; first place wins $100; second place receives $50; and third place will collect $25. Medals will be given to the top two of each of these age groups: 14 and under; 15 - 19; 20 - 24; 25 - 29; 30 - 34; 35 - 39; 40 - 49; and 50+.

All proceeds from St. Joseph’s Jog for SIDS will be donated — 50 percent will go to St. Joseph’s Parish and 50 percent will be donated to the American SIDS Institute, which is dedicated to the prevention of infant death and the promotion of infant health through research and education.

At 11 a.m., family-style dinners of chicken and/or beef with all the trimmings — homemade noodles and desserts — will be served in the Parish Hall. Dinners will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4-6 p.m., with drive-thru and carry-outs available.

Games and entertainment for “kids” of all ages, the Farmer’s Market and the lunch stand will also be open at 11 a.m. Sunday and run until 7 p.m. The Kiddie Tractor Pull begins at 2:30 p.m.

As in prior years, the festival will include the Country Store Raffle Booth with a Big Ticket Raffle of $1,000 for the first prize and nearly 200 other donated raffle items, including handmade crafts, electronics, plants, Ohio State items and gift certificates.

Stant said the idea behind the Country Store Bucket Raffle is people buy tickets, place them in the bucket associated with the item and then names are drawn around 7 p.m.

”We have really nice stuff,” Stant explained. “We have a Coach purse and other really great items parishioners and local funeral homes have donated.”

Again this year, resident seamstress Julie Fishbach has crafted a unique and beautiful quilt for the Handmade Quilt Raffle.

The Bingo Tent is back and will be set up in the yard behind the church and rectory.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, August 07, 2013 11:45 PM

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