St. Anthony Corn Roast and Festival set for this weekend
The St. Anthony Corn Roast and Festival this year is expanding to a two-day event.
The church at 1300 Urban Drive will host the popular event Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22.
The parish has hosted the annual roast since the mid-1970s, with the original intent to raise funds for the school's athletic program.
"In the past, the St. Anthony Athletic Commission sponsored and ran the entire event," Denise Hollerich, festival volunteer marketing and public relations coordinator said via e-mail.
"But, the event has grown to include so many more organizations within the church that, this year, it was officially decided that it would benefit the entire church, which includes the school."
"There are a number of new people helping to coordinate the event, and it has a new energy about it."
The festival will kick off at 1 p.m. Friday with an all-parish rummage sale and silent auction, with a variety of household items, electronics, toys and books available for the avid bargain-hunter.
The sale and auction will close at 7 p.m. Friday, then reopen from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
New to the festival is the St. Anthony's Got Talent talent show, which will start at 6 p.m. Friday.
"We have eight confirmed contestants and a few more that are on the fence," she said, including singers, cheerleaders, professional dancers and a percussion act.
"It's not too late to enter," festival co-chairman John Skaggs said Monday, Aug. 17. "If you want to sing and dance, come on down."
Casino Night will get underway at 5 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium with black jack and poker tables, and a Texas Hold Em' tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Participants must be 21 years old or older to enter.
Following a 4 p.m. Saturday Mass, the fun gets back under way at 5 p.m. for kids with a climbing wall, dunk tank, inflatables, and games. And the casino reopens for the grownups.
Also new to this year's festival is Living Water
The New Albany based Christian band of eight Central Ohio musicians will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
"Their music is positive and uplifting and is something we think the community will enjoy," entertainment coordinator Connie Skaggs said in a release.
Those attending the festival will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional American and African gospel songs set to the beat of drums and chants as St. Anthony's Ghanaian Choir will perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
DJ Roundboy, of Roundboy Entertainment, will spin a variety of popular and requested songs starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
If anyone is in the market for a set of wheels, or for Ohio State University football tickets, stick around.
At 9 p.m. Saturday, a live auction will take center stage as two tickets to the OSU-Illinois game Sept. 26 will go to the highest bidder, and a used car will be auctioned off with no minimum bid.
Both items have been donated by Miracle Motor Mart, 2380 Morse Road, and Mike D' Andrea, Miracle Motor Mart president, will be the auctioneer, Hollerich said.
"He is still choosing the car, but said it would be a great car for a high school or college student," she said.
The car will be parked at the festival for potential buyers to look over, and depending on its blue book value, a good portion of the purchase may be tax deductible.
And, what's a festival without food? In addition to roasted corn, the festival will serve brats, hamburgers, rootbeer floats, tacos, pizza, kid and adult beverages.
The festival will close at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and admission to all events is free.
For more information about the St. Anthony Corn Roast and Festival, or the church and school, visit online at stanthonycolumbus.org, or call 614-888-4268.