Sue Kiesewetter reports
Beach Party is the theme of the 2012 St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Festival which opens Friday.
The three-day festival will be held on the grounds of the Liberty Township church, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 3-10 p.m. Sunday.
“We are promising good weather and lots of fun for everybody,’’ said Chris Roll, who is co-chairing the festival with Bill Harkins.
This year’s festival features 17 different games for children including such favorites as Tic Tac Roll, Whack a Frog, Pinball and football throw. Another 12 – including the poker tent – are targeted to adults.
Festival goers will find several food booths, ice cream from The Cone, Raymond’s Pizza, beverages, including water, soft drinks, walking tacos, hard lemonade and beer. New to this year’s food lineup is Smoothie King.
Each night a different band will play. My Sister Sarah brings hip hop, Top 40, along with tunes from the 80s and 90s Friday night. Off the Hook takes the stage Saturday playing a variety of music from diverse artists including The Who, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Poison. Second Wind closes out the festival Sunday with its horn-charged rock ‘n’ soul music.
Three dozen themed baskets will be raffled off. Among the themes are Bengals, Legos, Nook, American Girl, and video game.
Visitors can buy raffle tickets for the Kolbe Kash raffle with the grand prize of $15,000 cash or a 2012 Honda Fit Sport. Second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $1,000. Tickets are $25 each, six for $100, 14 for $200 or 18 for $250 and can be purchased on the festival grounds. The drawing will be held at 9:45 p.m., Sunday.
There will also be raffles for 29 different themed baskets with a value of $100 or more as well as silent auctions. Among items in the auction are Dayton Dragons, Reds and Bengals tickets, and vacation packages
Murray Brothers will bring its carnival rides to the festival. Tickets are $1.25 each, with most rides requiring 2-4 tickets. For $20 patrons can purchase an all-you-can ride bracelet good from 3-9 p.m. Sunday only.
Free shuttle buses will run from Heritage Elementary and Centerpoint Christian Church. They will begin running when the festival opens and continue to 30 minutes after close each evening.
Proceeds from the festival will be put toward the building debt reduction fund.
Anyone who wants to volunteer can call the church office or report to the major awards tent.
For more information or to volunteer, call 513-777-4322 or visit www.stmaxfestival.org.