At Old Mines. . . . Fall Festival This Weekend Sunday, Sept. 8th, St. Joachim - The Independent-Journal: Coming Events

At Old Mines. . . . Fall Festival This Weekend Sunday, Sept. 8th, St. Joachim

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 9:12 am

Preparations are underway for the annual St. Joachim Fall Festival set for Sunday, September 8, 2019, on the church grounds at Old Mines. The event scheduled for the second Sunday of September each year promises to be one of the best ever where friends, family and alumni come together to celebrate the French heritage of the community, first settled in 1723. At that time, explorers came to the region searching for precious ores. Philipe Francois Renault, with a grant from the French government, claimed land on a section of what is known as the Old Mines Concession. Residents today are direct descendents of some of those early miners.

The Annual Fall Festival offers fun for the young and the young at heart, country music, and a variety of foods and refreshments. Roast beef and fried chicken dinners will be served beginning at 11 a.m. in the air-conditioned school cafeteria. Hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, nachos, homemade funnel cakes, and sno-cones, along with roasted corn will be available for those who don’t want a full meal. Bingo begins at Noon in the Incarnate Word Center, next to the Church.

Along with games of skill and chance, there will be the “inflatable” fun houses for the kids plus several other games, barrel train rides provided by the Richwoods Lions Club, and several vendors will be on hand with their merchandise. Several special contests are being offered throughout the day for the kids, “Sack Races” at 1:30 p.m. for kids of all ages, and “Tug-of-War” at 2 p.m. for kids of all ages! There will be a Quilt Raffle and drawing for a hand-crafted Cedar Chest filled with household items. Cedar Chest provided by Richard “Chopper” Boyer.    GRAND RAFFLE PRIZES are 1st  Prize: $700.00; 2nd  Prize: Fireplace/Entertainment Center ($500.00 value); 3rd  Prize: 60 inch Smart TV – donated by Patti Boyer – Circuit Clerk;

4th  Prize: Power Air Fryer/Power Quick Pot/Ninja Pro SS Blender ($300.00 value) donated by Cyrilla Boyer;

5th  Prize: Handmade Picnic Table – donated by Gary Boyer; 6th  Prize: $100

Country music will be provided by Tom Sampson Band from 12 Noon to 3:30 p.m. and by Ray Warren of Doc Holiday  from 3:30-6 p.m.  Bring your lawn chair and sit in the shade while you enjoy all the great music.

The St. Joachim Festival is one of the last local picnics scheduled this year and is a chance to visit and enjoy a continuing tradition of years gone by. The church, constructed in 1823, is still the center of worship today and can be viewed all day.    

The funds raised are used to help the Parish support the operation of St. Joachim Grade School, the only parochial school in Washington County. This annual event is a main fundraiser, and the public support of the Festival is greatly appreciated.

Father Tony Datillo, pastor of St. Joachim-St. Joseph and the Fall Festival Committee want to invite you to join us on this final Festival of the year. A special thank you is offered to the many businesses and individuals who have made donations towards the Festival. Look for their banners and placemat ads when you visit us.  Banner and Placemat Ads are being accepted until August 23, 2019. For more details about this event you can call the parish business office at 438-6181.

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