MOUNT CARMEL Church will host festival next week
After the enshrining event comes the outdoor food and fun.
NILES -- The 72nd annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church festival begins with a religious celebration Saturday followed by plenty to eat, games, rides and music starting July 13.
The church annually celebrates the feast of its patroness with a religious celebration and traditional Italian street fair.
The religious celebration comes first Saturday with the 5 p.m. Mass, followed by a street procession. The procession starts at Erie Street, then Allison Street, Cedar Street and down Robbins Avenue back to the church.
At the church, a statue of Mary will be enshrined on the rectory steps for all to view and honor. A three-day prayer devotion will follow at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.
The festival begins July 13 and runs through Sunday the 17th on the church grounds.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
The festival will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; on Saturday and Sunday the event will be 3 to 11 p.m.
Men and women of the parish prepare homemade food daily on the grounds: cheese puffs, pizza, sausage and pepper sandwiches, cavatelli, fried twists, wings, smelts, meatball and chicken parmigiana sandwiches, and pastries.
A grand raffle giveaway this year totals $7,750. Nightly and hourly drawings will be held. The grand raffle will be at 11 p.m. Sunday. First prize is $5,000; second is $1,000 and third, $500. Tickets are $1 and available by calling the church rectory at (330) 652-5825.
Bands to perform nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. are Mike Sudano, Wednesday; Jack Vasko and Co., Thursday; Eddie Vallus Band, Friday; and Capri Band, Saturday and Sunday.