April 20, 2014

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Our Lady Queen of Peace to hold its first parish festival

GRAFTON — Parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church have spent nearly a year preparing for the church’s first festival.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Home Days Festival will be Aug. 5 to 7 at the church, 708 Erie St., Grafton.

The Rev. John Seabold said several church members approached him last summer with the idea for a church festival.

“People in the parish have been trying to talk me into doing it for years,” he said.

Finally, he put his faith in his congregation and agreed.

During the first meeting for the festival, he was hoping at least 20 members would show up. To his surprise, more than 50 attended.

Next weekend, more than 180 volunteers are donating their time to run it, Seabold said.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the church.

“We want to provide entertainment for the (Grafton) community and to bring the parish community together,” Seabold said. “We are starting to get excited. I am anxious to see how it will unfold. If all goes well, we hope to make it a yearly event.”

According to parishioner and committee member Joanne Ward, the executive board members, committee members and volunteers have worked well together throughout the past year.

The festival is open to the public, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Daily events include rides, games, food, a casino, bingo, bake sale and a wine cooler/beer garden.

The festival will kick off at 5 p.m. Aug. 5. The sky will light up with fireworks at 10 p.m. Aug. 5.

On Aug. 6, the day begins with a 5K run at 9 a.m. Other events for Saturday include a car show, karaoke and balloon creations by Matt Harkins.

Festivities for Aug. 7 begin at 1 p.m. and include balloon creations, a bike rodeo and live polka music at 4:30 p.m. with Ed Klimczak.

There also will be a bench auction and a car raffle. Visitors will have a chance to win a 2011 Ford Fusion, a 2012 Ford Focus or $15,000 cash. The cars are from Liberty Ford of Brunswick.

Ward said that the festival will also provide residents the opportunity to witness the close bond the church members have with each other.

“It’s a great time to have people see what the church is all about. We have a fantastic parish family and a fantastic community,” she said.

For more information, visit www.olqpgrafton.org.

Send your Grafton/LaGrange/Columbia news to Melissa Linebrink, 329-7155 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.