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NORTHFIELD CENTER -- Sprituality meets fun at St. Barnabas Parish Festival, which is returning for its 16th year at the Northfield Center church grounds.
The festival is set to kick off with a special outdoor Mass at 7:30 p.m. June 15 on the eve of the first day of festivities.
Festival coordinator Deanna Butler said food options are the newest additions to the parish festival. New vendors include Island Delights, a smoothie and deep fried veggie truck, The SWAT Food Truck, a gourmet burger and stuffed sandwich truck, Freddie's Franks and East Coast Custard.
Other returning favorites include Corbos Pasta, Open-Grilled Pitas, and carnival mainstays like elephant ears, corn dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade and others.
"Everything else we feel like we have gotten into a good groove, and feel like we have gotten to where we want to be in terms of making huge changes," Butler said.
The Walk of Saints is returning this year and the rosary will be read every hour during the festival.
"It was so popular we decided to make it a permanent installation," Butler said adding a parishioner, who is an Eagle Scout, installed pedestals for the saints to make it a permanent addition.
"Different ministries will be leading the rosaries at every hour, which really makes it the parish festival," she said. "That really is a way for us to reach out and share our faith during such a huge event."
The festival runs from 6 p.m. to midnight June 16, with a performance by Renegade Gentlemen on stage at 7:30 p.m. Renegade Gentlemen is new to the festival this year.
Throughout the festival there will be a kids tent under the pavilion, third party vendors, games of chance, carnival rides and a beer tent.
Saturday June 17 the festivities start at 5 p.m. til midnight followed by a midnight mass. Pieces of Eight, returning for a third year to the festival will take the stage at 7:30 performing 1970s through 1990s rock covers.
June 18 is filled with activities starting at 3 p.m. with the festival opens, including a Texas Hold'em Tournament at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium which transforms into a casino, Bingo in Bedell Commons from 3 to 5 p.m. and two bands performing during the day. The Mangoes take the stage at 3 p.m. and Ralph Szubski and his Polka Band take the stage at 5 p.m. The festival will close down at 9 p.m. but if the Cleveland Cavliers require a game 7 in the NBA finals, there will be a TV streaming the game which starts at 8 p.m.
Sunday may be Father's Day, but the festival will still be going strong with specials for dads who attend the event from 3 to 5 p.m. receiving freebies and $10 worth of coupons. Butler said the committee really wanted to make the festival something kids can do with their dads for the holiday.
"We really tried to make the festival a destination for Father's Day so families could come enjoy the festival together and specifically with their fathers," Butler said.
In addition to the coupons, there is a Home Depot Kids' Workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. as well.
The event will capped off by a $10,000 grand prize drawing at 8 p.m.
Festival goers can park at Nordonia Middle School and Northfield Elementary, and a shuttle service will run from the parking areas to and from the festival grounds begins one hour before the festival opens and ends one hour after closing.
Briana Barker: 330-541-9432