Storm doesn’t wash away Catholic festival

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

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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