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SEAS annual fall festival is Sept. 16

The annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Fall Festival will include food, fun, fellowship, games, drawings, an arts and craft fair, an improv comedy show and new activities for children.

It will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the church, 2035 W. 15th St. The day is open to the community.

The festival activities actually begin the day before, Saturday, Sept. 15. A new activity, an improv comedy show featuring the Black Dirt Theater Co., is scheduled following the 4:30 p.m. Mass.

"It is great fun and great entertainment," said Faith Siebenaler, church stewardship and volunteer coordinator.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Mother Seton Hall, with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Child care will be available for children 12 and younger (with movie and food) for $5 per child.

Tickets are $12 each and are available in the parish office and will be available after the Masses the weekend of Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.

Sunday's activities are full and varied.

New this year will be pony rides for the kids and a cash cage, a game in which participant enters a cage and grabs as much money as possible in short period of time. The play money designates prizes on it.

The Knights of Columbus chicken dinner was so popular last year, it sold out. The group is returning with the chicken dinners and has promised to increase the amount of food.

The popular arts and craft fair has been moved inside and will be open after all the Sunday Masses this year.

The Kitui partnership representatives will have a display and information booth, and there will be other food, a cake walk, inflatables and the silent auction. The auction continues to 4:30 p.m.

"The new things are going to be great," said the Rev. James Perkl, church pastor. "The day is family oriented. There is always lots of food, there is great fellowship and it is open to the community.

"It is like we have our own State Fair right here. There's the food, games and the family activities."

"What's so neat that I've observed through seeing people work together for this is that the community comes together," said Siebenaler. "There are new people creating a bond and it continues. The friendships started here and continue onward."