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'It brings families together'

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jul 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — St. Joseph's Catholic Church invites the community to come to a fun-filled weekend with a cause. 

The 58th annual St. Joseph Festival will take place the weekend of Aug. 4 and 5 in Monroeville, an event that helps raise funds to make it possible for local families to give their children a faith-based education. 

“It benefits the parish school and helps subsidize the tuition for our families,” said festival chairwoman Susie Lohmann, who is also a 1978 St. Joseph graduate.

Lohmann said funds raised by the event help to offset costs to those students that qualify by about $500 per student.

“It’ll help to promote a faith-based education for our local families,” she said, which was something she feels is needed in the world. “It gives them a good foundation, not only with their faith, but the education standards are met there. Students are encouraged to become leaders and role models in our communities.”

Running since 1916, Lohmann said the festival is one of the area’s longest-running church festivals and community events for good reason.

“It brings families together to support a goal and to socialize together,” she said. “Not to mention we have fabulous food.”

On Saturday, the festival will begin with Adults’ Night Out, running from 6 to 11 p.m. Music by the Brad Walk Trio will begin at 7:30 p.m., the same time as the amateur euchre tournament. Registration for the game will run from 6 to 7:15 p.m. With a $10 buy-in, the winners will walk away with a 50 percent split payback. 

“Our euchre tournament is very popular and attracts a different crowd to come and participate,” Lohmann said.

Burgers, brats, fries and drinks will be available. 

Lohmann said the festival is something the whole family can enjoy.

“We have Adults Night Out. It’s a time we set aside for the adults to come and enjoy themselves,” she said.

“We only encourage children to come Sunday,” Lohman added. “We invite adults to come out and have a nice night together. But then there will be games and prizes for kids on Sunday. Then there’s the bingo for the adults. We have large silent auctions. And there’s musical entertainment both days.”

The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 5, featuring B&B chicken or barbecue rib dinners served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Music by Steve Obermeyer is from 2 to 5 p.m., a live auction will be at 5 and a reverse raffle for $12,500 is at 6.

Plenty of children’s games will be set up Aug. 5 as well, with a kids’ tractor pull taking place at 4 p.m. 

There will also be a silent auction, games of chance, a quilt raffle, bingo, face painting, ice cream, lemonade, cotton candy and more.

Those interested can call 419-465-4142 for more information.

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