FUND-RAISER Festival at St. Patrick's boasts homemade food

The Hubbard festival draws about 2,000 people each day for four days.
HUBBARD -- An organizer of St. Patrick's Parish Festival says to bring your appetite when the festivities get under way Thursday.
"We don't have any outside vendors," Marilyn Choppa, a co-chairperson, said Monday. "We do [cook] all our own food. We're very proud of that."
She has organized the event with former Mayor Al Sauline and Sue Smiley.
The festival, which has been going on for about 46 years, features ethnic food, including homemade Eastern European fare. There are no professional vendors.
Also, there is no entrance fee for the parish's primary fund-raising event that supports both the church and school. It attracts about 2,000 people daily, Choppa noted.
Even last year when a severe thunderstorm flooded the church hall basement and damaged prepared foods, the crowds still turned out, she noted.
The festival will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. On Friday, there will be a matinee for children from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring food and rides for the kids, with the festival from 4 to 11 p.m.
The beer and casino tents, Choppa explained, will be open the four nights and bingo from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday. A disc jockey will provide entertainment in the beer tent during the run of the festival.
Two live bands also will provide entertainment. The Bob Matasy Band will be featured Thursday and Saturday and Del Sinchak Band on Friday and Sunday.
There will be a significant Chinese auction with 50 baskets on the auction block. A scooter, go-cart and some appliances will be raffled with tickets $1 each or six for $5.
The grand prize is a raffle of a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox worth more than $25,000. Tickets are $5 each or seven for $30. They can be purchased at the festival or from any parishioner.

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