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Msgr. Riccardo Proudly Announces 79th Annual SSCD Lawn Festival D ear Friends, Our school students proudly – and gleefully – marked the conclusion of another amazing school year at SSCD on May 31st. I am ever grateful for the generous support that our parishioners, school families, and community members contribute through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure over the course of the year. For the school’s part, we work extremely hard to maintain our academic excellence and to keep our education affordable to all who apply. As a result, the success of fundraising activities such as our annual Lawn Festival is critical. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this wonderful event benefit our school. This year’s Lawn Festival is slated for August 3, 4, and 5. We are pleased that Renee Doverspike is returning as chairperson of the event. Renee and her many helpers will offer bingo, Kiddie Land, and a variety of games of chance for the adults, along with nightly entertainment. And, of course, delicious food and snacks: funnel cakes, Frank’s famous hot dogs, homemade cakes and pies, ice cream, and great offerings from the Food Shack and, of course, a mouthwatering selection of flavors of ice cream from the Penn State Berkey Creamery will be available all weekend. It’s guaranteed to make you smile! Sunday afternoon will feature a deli-
cious Chicken or Ham Dinner. We hope you can join us. The Lawn Festival is known for its great prizes, and this year is no exception. The Rosary Altar Society has two beautiful quilts to raffle, and we will have nightly 50/50 drawings. Sunday will feature special attendance drawings all afternoon. And, to spread the joy, we have revamped our big prize drawing to feature a $10,000.00 grand prize, TWO second prizes of $2,500.00 each, and FIVE third prizes of $500.00 each. The exciting new structure of our big prize drawing will allow EIGHT lucky winners to spend their prize money on anything they want! Our Festival provides a great opportunity to gather the generations together to share stories, relax, have fun, and EAT! The festival highlights our community of life and love. It is an opportunity to show our compassion and concern for one another while supporting our parish school. Plan to join us at SSCD’s Annual Lawn Festival this year; we’d love to see you there! God bless you, and thank you for your help. Sincerely, Msgr. Joseph J. Riccardo Pastor ◆◆◆
79th ANNUAL SSCD LAWN FESTIVAL August 3, 4 & 5
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Proceeds Benefit SSCD Catholic School, Punxsutawney
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ear Friends, Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church is proud to present our 79th Annual Lawn Festival! Our Lawn Festival began back in 1939 as an ice cream social on our church lawn. Over the years, it has grown into a three-day event where
members of our church, our school, the community of Punxsutawney, and the surrounding area can come together for food, fellowship, and fun. The Lawn Festival is one of the major fundraisers held to financially support our Catholic School. All proceeds help to defray educational costs in order to keep tuition affordable for families that believe in strong academic and faithbased education. The opportunity to attend our school is available to all children of all faiths. The parishioners of SSCD Church and the families of the children attending the school would like to thank all of
those who support our Festival. Special thanks goes to the Home and School Association, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Knights of Columbus, the Rosary Altar Society, St. Vincent de Paul, the Secular Franciscans, the school parents and parishioners who work at the Festival, the SSCD office staff, and the Festival Committee members who continually go above and beyond. We also greatly appreciate the local businesses that have donated resources and services throughout the year and during the Festival to make this all possible. I personally would like to thank Frank Hetrick for the continued guidance he has shown me during this Festival year; his mentorship has been invaluable. This magazine lists all of the events, entertainment, raffles, games, and great food that are featured at this yearâ€™s Festival. The grand prize drawing will be on Sunday night, August 5, at 10 p.m. All cash prizes this year with eight chances to win! Saints Cosmas and Damian Church hopes you will join us for our three-day event. Please come and enjoy the entertainment, food, games, and everything our Festival has to offer. Hope to see you there! Renee Doverspike Lawn Festival Chair â—†â—†â—†
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Sunday, August 5
Grounds open from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
• 10 a.m., Mass at SSCD Church. Chicken or Ham dinner immediately following Mass.
• 11 a.m., Festival Grounds open after Mass. Games for kids. Skill games. Bingo. Various food stands. Two sports baskets.
• 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dinner - Menu includes Chicken or Ham plus sides of mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, and beverage. Cost is $10 for Adults; $5 for children 6-12 years old. Kids 5 years old and under eat for free.
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Alumni Invited to Gather & Share Memories E ach year on the Saturday evening of the SSCD Lawn Festival we welcome all graduates of SSCD and St. Adrian Schools, and anyone who attended our schools, to a light reception in the school auditorium. (Alumni must be 21 years of age or older to attend.) Join us for a time of reminiscing and sharing stories of the past!
Knights of Columbus Committed to Keeping, Spreading the Faith ◆◆◆
he Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, curate at St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, Connecticut. As the priest explained to a small group of men, his pur-
agement, to promote closer ties of fraternity among them, to set up an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members in the group who might die would not find themselves in dire financial straits. The founder and first officers of the fledgling organization selected the name Knights of Columbus. They felt that as a Catholic group, the name should relate to Christopher Columbus, the Catholic who discovered, explored, Members of the Knights of Columbus pictured with Father Solomon and Monsignor Joseph J. Riccardo (center left and right) are Frank and colonized the American McSteen, Sam Bevak, Tom Wise, Pete Pape, Joe Harclerode, and Paul North Koza. (submitted photo) continent. The group has pose for calling them together was mani- blossomed into an international society of fold: To help Catholic men remain stead- more than 1.5 million Catholic men, plus fast in their faith through mutual encour- their families, in more than 10,000 coun-
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 FREE GATE ADMISSION
1-8 pm: Arts and Crafts and Animal Entries Accepted 1 pm: Antique Tractor Pulling Contest
MONDAY, AUGUST 6
5 pm: Rides Open 6 pm: Baked Goods Auction 7 & 9 pm: A Day Awaits - Christian Rock 7 pm: Keystone Mini Rod Tractor Pull 7:30 & 9 pm: Belmont Magic 8 pm: Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger Show Eudora Farms Petting Zoo & Camel Rides
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
9 am: Horse Show 5 pm: Rides Open 6:30 pm: Livestock Show 7 pm: Magic Mike’s Interactive DJ 7 & 9:30 pm: Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger Show 7 pm: 4-Wheeler, Motorcycle, Side By Side Drag Racing 7:30 & 9 pm: Belmont Magic Eudora Farms Petting Zoo & Camel Rides
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
9 am: Horse Show 5 pm: Rides Open 7 & 8:30 pm: The Rum Dums “World’s Greatest Garage Band” 7 & 9:30 pm: Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger Show 7 pm: Enduro Auto Racing 7:30 & 9 pm: Belmont Magic Eudora Farms Petting Zoo & Camel Rides THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 9 am: Horse Show 5 pm: Rides Open 7-10 pm: The SharpTones - Music from the 50’s to the 80’s 7 & 9:30 pm: Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger Show 7 pm: Full Pull Productions Truck and Tractor Pull 7 pm: Cheerleading Exhibition 7:30 & 9 pm: Belmont Magic Eudora Farms Petting Zoo & Camel Rides FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 5 pm: Rides Open 7 & 9 pm: “Quarterstick” - Classic Rock 7 & 9:30 pm: Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger Show
cils, who have dedicated themselves to the ideals of Columbianism: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Local Council 452, which reorganized in 1997, was started in 1899 and celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 10, 1999, at which time members dedicated a monument to the unborn, located in the front lawn of the Ss. Cosmas & Damian rectory, under the flag pole. The Knights provide scholarships and help our church, school, and community to keep the Faith and to spread it! This has been, and will remain, a guiding principle of the Knights of Columbus. Any man eighteen years of age or older who lives up to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church is eligible to join. Local Council 452 meets the first and third Monday of each month at Reschini Hall in Walston at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in membership may contact Frank McSteen at 618-5044. ◆◆◆
7 pm: Compact Car Demo Derby 7:30 & 9 pm: Belmont Magic Eudora Farms Petting Zoo & Camel Rides
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 FAMILY DAY DISCOUNT ADMISSION $6 UNTIL 3 PM
9 am: Horse Show 12-4 pm: DuBois Dream Team Autographs & Meet the Players 12-5 pm: Bartlebaugh Amusements (rides open again at 6 pm) 12-5 pm: Magic Mike’s DJ/Karaoke Party 1 pm: Kid’s Bike Decorating Contest and Parade 2 pm: Belmont Magic 2:30-3:30: ZUMBA© Fitness Class, Arena 3:15 pm: Xbox One S Prize Drawing - one free ticket per person upon entering fairgrounds before 3 pm 3:30 pm: Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger Show 6 pm: Mud Bog Mania 6 pm: Carnival rides re-open 7 & 9:30 pm: Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger Show 7 & 9 pm: The Moore Brothers - Music Variety 7:30 & 9 pm: Belmont Magic Eudora Farms Petting Zoo & Camel Rides
Schedule subject to change.
Summertime Fun! SSCD Lawn Festival