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Holy Rosary's Parish Fest set

It's been nearly four decades -- 39 years to be exact -- that the men and women of the Holy Rosary's Catholic Community have been rolling up their sleeves and rolling out the entertainment for the annual Parish Festival.

"It's so fun to come out and meet and greet all the people you haven't seen all summer and just eat and play and visit," said Sue Braun, who co-chairs the event, along with Joe and Sandi Boyer.

The Parish Festival is being held at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena on Sunday, Aug. 28, starting with an Outdoor Mass at 10:30 a.m.

"While it is a mass, everybody is welcome to come out because really, it's not too terribly different from a Lutheran service or any other service," laughed Braun, "It's just a good time to get together."

The doors open at 11:30 to an arena full of fun festivities and finger lickin' food.

"We'll have our Country Store right there provided by our parishioners' bountiful gardens," said Braun, "So there will be garden produce, canned pickles and jams, homemade baked items and crafts -- and Bergen's is always so nice about donating some beautiful plants, too."

Over 100 baskets plump full of collectibles, art, antique jewelry, and much more will be placed around the arena as part of the silent auction.

And for the more vocal bidder, a live auction will also draw a crowd with items such as doors, windows, bikes, boats, furniture and televisions.

"You name it, we'll probably have it on the live auction," said Braun, "And we'll know it all works, too because we check it all ahead of time."

There will also be money prizes drawn in an event called Big Money.

"That's where people can put their names in for big bucks," explained Braun, "There are 35 chances to win varying from $500 to $200. Then we will draw on Labor Day weekend.

But for the game-players looking to strike pay dirt that day, Bingo begins at 1 p.m. by the beer gardens.

"Oh yes, we will have a beer garden," said Braun, giggling, "So everybody can really belly up to the bar!"

Raffles also sprinkle the fest with treasures such as a homemade oak treasure chest, gift certificates from local businesses, Tupperware, an inflatable bed, and a booth called "50-50," where the winner gets 50 percent of what the booth holds.

"And there is also a beautiful, handmade quilt, which has been made by Eileen Mooney and Jean Livingsgood -- they named it 'My Favorite Season,'" said Braun.

There will also be a White Elephant Sale for shoppers wanting to get some good deals on gently used items.

"There will be all kinds of things there -- books, toys, bedding ... everything," said Braun, who said they are also featuring a section for sports equipment and musical instruments.

"We thought that'd be neat for those students who want to try something new in music or sports, but maybe don't know for sure yet. This way they can try it out without spending very much money."

Braun adds that the Best Western plus Holland House in Detroit Lakes also donated towels, washcloths and bedding for the White Elephant.

Kids games will also be running throughout the festival, including planko, horseshoes, the ever-popular cake walk and face painting.

"And who can forget the food?" said Braun, going down the long list of choices.

"Pies, ice cream, coffee, pulled pork sandwiches, fruit kabobs, tacos in a bag, hot dogs and brats, gyros, mini-donuts, popcorn, pop, pizza..."

The money raised at the festival goes to Holy Rosary's community outreach programs.

"That's why everyone really should come out because this is a community event that benefits different programs throughout our area," said Braun, adding, "Plus it's just fun!"

Although Braun says roughly 200 volunteers from the parish have been working on putting the festival together, they are still looking for more.

To volunteer or to find out more on the festival, call the parish at 847-1393 or Sue Braun at 847-0894.