At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the St. Joseph High School campus will be abuzz with great food, fun, and festive interactions of 107th Saint Joseph Parish Fair. More on this scene of apparent carefree indulgence later, because this is truly a party with a purpose.
“The 107th Parish Fair is believed to be the longest running continuous parish fair in the state of Mississippi,” said event chairperson Elizabeth Montgomery. “Since its inception in 1914, the purpose of this event is to raise money to offset the student tuition costs of attending St. Joe.”
With this in mind, the parish fair exemplifies Biblical principles of service, providing for the needy, and inclusion for all in the basic human right of education.
But that doesn’t mean these beautiful precepts happen without effort nor occur absent of a celebratory atmosphere.
“This year, we will have a cake walk, various booths set up by each class and a 50/50 raffle where prizes are given away every hour,” Montgomery said. “You have to be present to win the raffle.”
Montgomery said Katherine Brown is cochair for the parish fair and approximately a year’s worth of planning has gone into the event.
Most people who have attended these events in the past often raved about the spaghetti supper and have full bellies to verify their enjoyment.
However, this year’s event will feature a variety of food trucks and vendors with everything from egg rolls to pizza and hot tamales to burgers.
“We will still have the spaghetti supper, but it won’t be part of the parish fair,” she explained. “It will be a separate event scheduled for November.”
A silent auction, located inside the school gym, will showcase various items and prizes donated by many local companies and individuals. Those individuals and businesses who would like to make a monetary donation or provide items for the silent auction should call St. Joseph High School at 662-378-9711.
This year, there will be sanitation stations located throughout the fair as well as at each booth. Attendees are asked to remember to practice social distancing.
“We want this to be a fun time but also a safe time as well so that we can continue to have fun events like this in the future,” Montgomery said.