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My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16 | Arts & Culture

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My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16
My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.─An old-fashioned barbecue chicken dinner, corn boil, pie-baking contest, big wheel races, kid’s games, sweet shop, community garage sale, car show and $5,000 raffle are all planned for the St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival.

The celebration runs Friday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The festival is open to the public.

“This year’s event is different because we’ve added a good old fashioned open-pit, chicken barbecue dinner that kids and adults will enjoy,” said Fr. Bill Langlois, parish pastor.  “We invite people to come for the fun and fellowship as we prepare whole, half chickens over charcoal in the open-pit style, along with baked beans, coleslaw and a baked potato.”

Cost for the barbecue chicken dinner is $8 per person.  In addition, the parish will offer the popular “Corn Boil,”  featuring kids and adults shucking corn and selling ears for $1 each on Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

“This is our sixth year for the parish festival and people are encouraged to bring their families, friends and neighbors to sample the great food, entertainment, games, car show and down-home fun.  There is truly something for everyone,” said  Langlois.

Festivities begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 with hundreds of items for sale in a community garage sale inside the parish’s air-conditioned Family Center.  Outside vendors will also offer items during the sale, which runs until 6 p.m. Friday. It continues on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

“The garage sale has proven to be very popular each year because people can attend and pick up everything at bargain prices ranging from small appliances to linens, jewelry, toys, tools and this year even a paddle boat,” said Langlois.

Other items that will be available at the Community Garage Sale include kitchen ware, yard ornaments, collectibles, sporting goods, books, picnic supplies, lawn furniture, knick-knacks, baskets, crafts and pet care items.

Burgers, brats, hot dogs, tacos, and Jet’s Pizza food items will be available on Friday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Saturday, attendees may also enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The meal  includes sausage, pancakes and all the fixings for a $5 donation.  The breakfast will be held under the big-top tent in the parish parking lot.

Also featured on Aug. 16 will be a Street Rod Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature street racing cars, Porsches, Corvettes, Mustangs, a "tricked-out" semi tractor trailer cab, tractors, an old fire truck and several other vehicles.

For kids, a free Big Wheel Race will be held with various competitions on Aug. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Free rides on the Knights of Columbus “Tootsie Train” will also be offered.

“Besides the regular big wheels, we will have the green machines for bigger kids.  We outline a track with tires in a figure-eight configuration to accommodate the many races,” said Katie Krizan, parish event organizer.

Several additional kids' games will round out this portion of the festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 16.

For adults, the Saturday lineup includes free performances by the Carl Webb band, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the Groove Solution , from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  People are encouraged to put their dancing shoes on and come prepared to enjoy music under the stars.

“The pinnacle around the Saturday evening entertainment will be the 10 p.m. raffle drawing for the $5,000 grand prize.  That is always a crowd-pleaser each year for people who choose to enter the drawing,” said Krizan.

Raffle tickets are available for festival-goers at a price of $1 each or six  tickets for $5.

A “sweet shop” will be offering homemade baked goods on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  These treats will tempt people’s taste buds with goodies offered both inside and outside the festival grounds at the parish.

“For those people who want to be indoors to enjoy the festival, we will be holding bingo rounds on the Saturday of festival from noon to 4 p.m. in the air-conditioned Parish Youth Center for four hours,” said Krizan.

For more information about the St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival and the many events scheduled, contact Krizen by phone at (616) 842-0001, ext. 120 or by emailing  katiekrizan@stpatsgh.org. Specific event information can also be found on the parish website.

IF YOU GO:   AT- A- GLANCE ITINERARY FOR ST. PATRICK & ST. ANTHONY PARISH FESTIVAL

 

FRIDAY, AUG. 15:

  • 8 a.m. − 6 p.m.                        Indoor garage sale
  • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.                        Burgers, brats, hot dogs, tacos, Jet’s Pizza
  • 12 noon – 6 p.m.                    Corn Boil

 

SATURDAY, AUG. 16:

  • 8 a.m. ─ 2 p.m.                        Indoor garage sale
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.                      Pancake breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                        Street rod car show
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        Bake sale and sweet shop 
  • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.                   Burgers, brats, hot dogs, tacos, Jet’s Pizza
  • 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.                      Kids' games and Bingo in Parish Youth Center
  • 12 noon – 6 p.m.                    Corn boil
  • 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.                        Old fashioned barbecue chicken dinner; Carl Webb Band                performance and dancing
  • 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.           Groove Solution Band and dancing
  • 10 p.m.                                     $5,000 grand prize raffle drawing

 

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  The current church was opened in 1957 after the old church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish.  Rev. William Langlois has served as pastor for 18 years with the parish and celebrated his 40th anniversary of ordination in the ministry in May 2014.