Annual Fun Fest opens Friday at CCHS pavilion

GRILLING OUT — At last year’s Steubenville Catholic Schools Fun Fest, Mike Zinno, left, Don Coen and Nancy Schreck grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the Holy Rosary church booth. This year’s event is scheduled to start Friday. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic Central High School will host its fourth-annual Fun Fest Friday and Saturday.

Fun Fest will be held at Steubenville Catholic Central High School in the pavilion area. The event will take place from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free.

Put together by Catholic Central alumni, school families, coaches and friends, the goal is to create a weekend event for the entire Steubenville, Wintersville and surrounding area communities, according to organizers.

The event is a festival full of booths operated by the school’s student groups, clubs and sports teams and a few area parishes. Each booth raises money for their own necessities such as class trips, new team uniforms or other special areas of need.

Organizers said everyone is selling, making or offering something unique — no two booths are the same.

While some aspects are different, some remain the same. The Catholic Central alumni will again be selling pulled pork and haluski, the Bishop Mussio Home and School sell funnels cakes and the lists goes on.

New this year, the Catholic Central High School Athletic Boosters are making freshly fried french fries with toppings and the Crusader Marching Band will offer a baked potato bar sponsored by Texas Roadhouse.

There will be more than food, organizers said. There also will be games for kids and adults of all ages. One of Catholic Central’s football coaches, Jeremy Presley, will have a weight lifting booth where individuals can test their chin-up and pull-up strengths. Plus, there will be traditional games including the duck pond, the dunk tank, the fish bowl game and more.

Entertainment also will be a part of Fun Fest. The Crusader Marching Band will open the weekend when it plays at 5 p.m. Friday. The band will feature its musical hits. Music will continue at 6 p.m. with the Gypsy Cowboys followed by Matt VanFossen, and at 10 p.m. Fun Fest will feature a fireworks display presented by the Craig W. and Anita Petrella Endowment Fund.

On Saturday, the first band to play will be Taylor Parissi at 6 p.m., and then Funkifly will finish the weekend. When live music isn’t being played at Fun Fest, DJ Gabe Ferris will entertain the crowd.

Each year there is a drawing at Fun Fest, and tickets for the Cash Extravaganza at $100 each. The winner will receive $25,000. Prizes of $10,000 will go to second place and $5,000 for third.

The drawing will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Central’s athletic department.

Among those groups and organizations assisting with this year’s Fun Fest are:

Franciscan University of Steubenville; Cardinal Wealth Management; Dr. and Mrs. Eric Balzano; Dr. and Mrs. John Balzano; Holy Family Church; Ambulance Services Inc.; Checker Transportation; and Jefferson Security Services Inc.

The Craig W. and Anita Petrella Endowment Fund is sponsoring the fireworks.

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