2018-09-12 / News

North Branch-area churches to celebrate Country Festival on Sunday

NORTH BRANCH — Delicious food is the main attraction at the Country Festival put on by the North Lapeer Cluster, which includes St. Peter and St. Paul in North Branch, St. Mary’s in Burnside, St. Patrick Chapel in Clifford and Sacred Heart Mission in Brown City.

The centerpiece of the event, set for 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 16 on the grounds of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 6645 Washington St. in North Branch, is the chicken and pork dinner.

Festival organizer Sharon “Pinky” Grabowski said along with roast chicken and pork, they will serve “real” mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut and kielbasa, green beans corn and cole slaw. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids five to 12.

For those who don’t want a full dinner, Grabowski said, there will be concessions with items like hot dogs.

She said more than 200 items have been donated for the festival Chinese auctions with things ranging from gift certificates from local businesses to handmade quilts to a two-seat bench handcrafted by her son.

Grabowski said people can pick up homemade baked goods and garden-fresh vegetables at the festival’s country market. She added religious items will also be available for purchase.

And what would a Catholic festival be without bingo? The Country Festival will offer two forms of bingo. There will be traditional bingo with tables, chairs and cards and then there will be cow chip bingo.

Grabowski said in cow chip bingo people will buy a square in an enclosure for $10 and if a cow released in the enclosure makes a deposit on their square, they win.

There were also be a wide selection of festival games, like the dime toss and towel game to choose from.

Phil Foley

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