Annual ‘Fun Fest’ is a weekend of activities at St. Joseph’s Church

By Thomas D'Agostino - ReminderNews
Thompson - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
Julianna, age 5, of North Grosvenordale, admires her face painting during St. Joseph’s Fun Fest. Photos by Thomas D’Agostino.
Julianna, age 5, of North Grosvenordale, admires her face painting during St. Joseph’s Fun Fest. Photos by Thomas D’Agostino.

St. Joseph’s Church in North Grosvenordale held its annual Fun Fest last weekend, from May 17 to 19.

Sharon Briere, principal at St. Joseph’s School, was on hand for the festivities. The festival is held each year as a fundraiser for the school.

“This event brings in over $12,000 a year. It’s absolutely a lot of fun,” Briere said. “For everybody here, it builds community. It has been part of North Grosvenordale for well over 30 years.”

Many people remember the festival when it was called the “Spring Fling,” which goes back 40 years. The school first held the event, then the parish took the reigns, and now it is back in the hands of the school.

Danielle Pederson enjoyed the day with her husband Michael and son Connor. “We come here every year. We love this place. It is a great place for the family to spend the day and it is affordable,” Pederson said.

Shyonne, age 11, spent the day with her other two friends. “We’re having a great time,” she said.

Debbie Becker watched as her granddaughter, Julianna, had her face painted by artist Sarah Tretheway. “She loves getting her face painted. Last night she was a tiger,” Becker said.

The three-day festival is always full of rides, food, refreshments, a tag sale, and, of course, the midway, where there are plenty of games to try your skill at winning a prize.


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