Community Festival

Contact: Steve and Kandi Smith
Phone Number: 614-578-3077

The purpose of the festival committee is to establish an annual parish-wide festival which promotes our faith based community, supports our parish organizations and maintains a permanent endowment for the long term support of the parish. Our sixth festival is scheduled for June 21 & 22, 2019!

We need many volunteers for the festival!  Opportunities range from set-up and tear-down, hosting midway games for kids and adults, food preparation, serving food, and much more.  Choose your favorite volunteer position and time slot via this sign-up! Volunteers who sign-up before May 30 will receive a free t-shirt!  Also, mark your calendar for a volunteer appreciation party on Sunday, June 23.

We are also in need of sponsors and donations for our silent auction.

Everyone is invited to the festival, June 21-22! Join us for an evening of fantastic food, amusement rides by Sterling Entertainment, kids’ games, silent auction, adult midway with beer garden and a TON of FUN for all ages! Please spread the word and bring your family, friends and neighbors!

Festival Hours: Friday, June 21, 6 pm – 11 pm; Saturday, June 22, 5 pm – 11 pm

Come to the Festival for Dinner! This year’s festival fare features a variety of dinner platters and a la carte items.  Deacon Carl’s Italian Kitchen in the Faith & Family Center will feature his special pasta dinner with homemade meatballs and secret marinara sauce, salad and bread, as well as, meatball subs, Italian sausage sandwiches and Jet’s Pizza. The outdoor pavilion will have grilled burgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, french fries, coleslaw, baked beans and funnel cakes for dessert.  Finally, the Women’s Club is baking a variety of goodies to sell in the Sweet Shoppe

Amusement Rides: Sterling Amusements will be providing mechanical rides for kids at our Community Festival this year.  Wristbands may be purchased for $15 for one evening of unlimited rides.  Also, Wristbands will be sold until 8:45 pm each evening; after this time, individual ride tickets may be purchased for $2.50 each.  Rides will close at 10 pm.  There will also be inflatables for the kids!

Live Music Entertainment: St. John Neumann’s own Caelan Omehundro will perform on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30-7 pm.  On Friday evening June 21, Good Time Music Band will take the stage from 7:30-11 pm.  The Reaganomics, the Midwest’s most exciting 80’s dance and party band will take the stage on Saturday from 7:30-11 pm  Everyone wear your dancing shoes!

Attention: All Festival Volunteers: Please wear your festival t-shirt and report to the Volunteer Check-in Station in the Cloister walkway before AND after your work shifts on June 21 and June 22.  There, you will get a name tag and festival apron to wear while you work. Thank you for your service to our festival!  (PS – It’s not too late to volunteer!  Help is still needed for later evening shifts at the festival and also next Sunday after the 11 am Mass to take down the festival tents, booths, tables, chairs, signs, etc.  Sign up online at the Festival Volunteer link on the parish website.) All Volunteers are also invited to a Thank You cookout in the pavilion after the 5 pm Mass on Sunday, June 23.

Festival Parking Information: Due to expected high numbers of people coming to our festival, please plan to “Park & Ride” a shuttle bus from Big Walnut Middle School.  Shuttle buses will run continuous loops between school and church during the entire time of the festival, on both evenings, June 21-22.  It is a short, 5-minute bus ride between the school and church.  Please do NOT park on the grass or along any roadway near the church. There is plenty of parking at Big Walnut Middle School, 777 Cheshire Road, Sunbury 43074.  Handicap Parking WILL be available in the church parking lot. Attendees of 4 pm Mass on Saturday are encouraged to use the park and ride shuttle. Thank you for your cooperation!

Raffle Drawing: 1st Prize – $5000, 2nd Prize – $2,500 and 3rd Prize – $1000.  Please be sure to turn in your raffle ticket stubs, money and any leftover raffle tickets by June 22. You can drop your envelope off at the parish office or turn them in to the Raffle Tent at the festival.  The winning tickets will be drawn at the festival in the evening of Saturday, June 22

Festival proceeds will benefit both parish and local community ministries.

THANK YOU to Our Festival Sponsors!

This year’s Festival will be amazing, thanks to our wonderful sponsors.    Please patronize the local businesses who have invested in this year’s Festival!

Title Sponsors:

Edward Jones/ Kelsey Burgett, Dave Burgett, Bob Hetterscheidt

Jet’s Pizza Sunbury

Washington’s Do-It-Best Hardware

NAPA Auto Parts of Sunbury

Children’s Midway Sponsors:

Sunbury Chiropractic Center

Capitol Waste and Recycling Services

Sunbury Veterinary Clinic

Business Sponsors:

Devore-Snyder Funeral Home

Hickey & Associates, CPA’s, Inc.

Forman Realtors

Firestone, Brehm, Wolf, Whitney & Young LLP

First Commonwealth Bank

Thomas R. Merry Co., LPA

All Season Landworks, Inc.

Safex, Inc.

RAGiN’ Cajun Welding, LLC

Gigliotti Consulting, LLC

Sunbury Cleaners

Duncan Oil