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Parish school benefits from festival

The St. Alexis Parish festival provides a sense of community to the church’s members, organizers said.

“We all work together. It’s hard work, but it’s fun,” said parishioner Jo Stone, of Marshall, a member of the festival’s communications committee. “You get the chance to see people that you don’t always get to see, and there’s something fun for everyone.”

The 15th annual festival began Wednesday and continues through Saturday on the parish grounds in McCandless to raise money for the parish school.

Highlights of this year’s festival, which has no entry fee, include games, rides, bingo, entertainment and a bake sale.

Picnic-style fare, such as hot dogs and hamburgers, will be available, as will dinners catered by Magoo’s Restaurant & Bistro in McCandless.

Dinners will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily in the parish cafeteria and will cost $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 10. Younger children can eat for free. This year’s delicacies include herb-roasted chicken, apple-maple-glazed barbecued ribs and Caribbean jerk pulled pork.

“We love to go to the festival every year because there’s good food, games and it’s a nice, safe place for people,” said Chris Gates, of Ross. She, her husband, Bob, and four children — Lauren, Clare, Matthew and Teresa — have been St. Alexis parishioners for almost 15 years. The family has been attending the festival for 14 years.

“There’s a real family feel, and my family and I love it because the festival reflects the hospitality of St. Alexis and shows people who we are. There’s something for everybody to enjoy, and that’s what we want — people to come and enjoy the time with us,” Chris Gates said.


If you go

What : St. Alexis Parish Festival

When : 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. today through Saturday. Dinner served from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Where : 10090 Old Perry Highway, McCandless

Details : 724-935-4343


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