Storm doesn’t wash away Catholic festival

Saturday's thundershower slowed down a local Catholic parish's annual festival, but it didn't wash it out. "The rain held some things back, and created some frustration and disappointment for the craft fair people,' said John Strazanac, parish administrator for St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grand Haven. "The car show got off to a good start and slowed down when it rained, but things resumed after that.'
Mark Brooky
Aug 22, 2011

The third annual St. Patrick’s and St. Anthony’s Community Summer Festival began Tuesday with a family bike ride. It continued Thursday with a community garage sale in the parking lot of St. Patrick’s, and a euchre tournament and pig roast took place on Friday in the church’s Family Center.

Saturday’s events included a craft show, car show, carnival games and kids activities, bingo, and a chicken and steak dinner, with entertainment at night. The winning ticket for a $5,000 raffle prize — held by Paul and Mariann Lampe of Grand Haven — was announced Saturday night.

Despite the early afternoon storm, Strazanac said attendance was about double on Saturday, compared to that day for last year’s festival.

“We’re pretty excited about how things went this year,” he said. “We emphasized community-building.”

The church also introduced its own “Rocket Fish,” a project sponsored by the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority. Strazanac said their angelic fish was inspired by an idea from Marcella Fase and created by Mary Monarch, both St. Patrick’s parishioners.

To see more photos from the festival on Saturday, click here.

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