|DELPHOS — From its humble beginning in 1913, St. John’s Fall Festival has become a mainstay for the parish and school.
Brendan Giambruno-Fuge, left, Todd Rode, Ben Youngpeter and Aaron Deffenbaugh dry glasses fresh from the dishwasher Thursday morning in preparation for the hundreds that will enjoy Festival meals this weekend.
The first “housewarming” was held in October 1913 in the school’s new auditorium. The festival was a great success and netted a sum of $9,600 for the school fund.
Fast-forwarding to today, the event is a homecoming for parishioners who have moved away and for those who are here, a sense of place and community.
Families are in charge of certain activities or foods in the kitchen and keep those duties for generations.
“Families who do a certain thing are identified by it,” St. John’s Public Relations Head Amy Youngpeter said.
Thousands of meals are enjoyed both in the Little Theater and as carry-outs.
“People come home just to eat festival food,” Youngpeter added.
The festival activities have become a tradition and little has changed over the years except a little tweaking here and there as necessary.
Festival meals will be served family-style in the Little Theater from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday and from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday. Carryouts are also available.
The menu includes beef and chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, dressing, corn, roll, cole slaw, apple sauce and dessert.
A trip to the Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium is a must for a chance on the Teacher/Staff Raffle Booth or the Money Wheel with an entire wall of prizes. Booths, crafts, the Country Store and Treasure Island are included.
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