Five Ways to Make the Most of Any Church Festival


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Summer weekends are packed with festivals. They’re a classic part of summer fun, but what are the best parts? How do you do a festival right? We came up with five ways to make the most of your festival experience.

Eat the dinner.
Many festivals serve a special meal (fried chicken, a pig roast, spaghetti) in addition to their food booths. You want this. Why? Homemade desserts.

Buy pull tabs.
Spend $5 on Bars & Bells. Buy more with your winnings. Repeat until you’re busted or you hit $25. Then buy a round of beers. Yes, with the souvenir cup.

Shop the Bid-n-Buy.
You never know what you’ll see, whether it’s crocheted dish rags, Reds tickets, or a wheelbarrow full of booze. Make a bid. Take a chance.

Rile up the kiddos.
Take them down the Fun Slide. Play the fish pond, spin the wheel, toss the ball. Let them eat candy and collect trinket treasures. Laugh.

Let the tweens roam.
Inside the festival boundaries, everyone wins. They get a taste of freedom, and you can still keep your eye on them. It’s great practice for everyone.

(For more, check out The Catholic Telegraph’s festival guide, the list of festivals at the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network website, or the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Guide to Parish Festivals at Cincinnati Moms Blog.)

St. Joseph Parish Festival, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Aug 2 & 3

Our Lady of Visitation VisiFest, 3172 South Rd., Mack, Aug 9–11

St. Mary FunFest, 2853 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, Aug 15–18

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