It’s that time of year again for St. Joseph Catholic School’s highly anticipated Delta tradition, the St. Joseph Parish Fair.
The 105th annual parish fair, which is the longest-running parish fair in Mississippi, is set to go from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday on the grounds of St. Joseph Catholic High School, 1501 VFW Road.
Elizabeth Montgomery and Mandy Hensley will be co-chairing this year’s event, which is sure to be one of both fun and belly-filling activities, according to St. Joseph’s Rayetta Serio, the chairperson in recent and past years.
This year’s fair will take place on the side of the school as opposed to previous years when the fair was situated on gravel, Serio said, noting fair goers requested to hold it on concrete instead.
Fair goers can look forward to all new game booths including Pig Race, Plinko and Ping Pong Toss in addition to favorites like Soda Ring Toss, Cake Walk and Toy Walk.
“We made the booths for all ages,” Serio said.
New prize selections are also pegged to be one of the appeals of this year’s fair.
Everyone loves a good treat and there will be snow cones and cotton candy, just to name a few, among the children’s favorites.
For the more mature kiddos at heart, there will be a chance for them to try their luck with the ribeye raffles or indulge in the homemade candy and pastries that will certainly satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. A concession stand will provide other food options as well.
“There are people who come every year just for the candy,” Serio said.
As in the previous years, a silent auction located inside the school gym will showcase various items and prizes donated by several local companies and individuals. The bidding itself is sure to be entertaining.
An always sought-after highlight of the event since its inception is the homemade Italian spaghetti supper, for which 5,000 meatballs will be handmade, rolled and cooked for enjoyment this year.
Dinner will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Carry outs may be picked up inside the school beginning at 5 p.m., with drive-thru service available from 4-5 p.m. in the school’s front entrance traffic circle.
Raffle tickets for a $10,000 cash prize will also be on sale at the event, as well as tickets for $1,000, $500 and $250 cash prizes.