CountryFest Sept. 7 at St. Patrick’s in Oak Grove

Preparations are under way for the annual CountryFest celebration at Church of St. Patrick’s in Oak Grove.

The festivities kick off Friday, Sept. 7 with the teen block party from 8 to 11 p.m. The event is for all youth in middle and high school.

There will be “Minute to Win It” challenges, a bonfire, basketball, DJ Bill providing music and prizes.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Festivities planned Saturday, Sept. 8 begin with a 5K fun run/walk at 10 a.m. All participants receive a T-shirt, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. Awards will be given for the overall men’s and women’s winners.

The kids run for ages 10 and under begins at 11:30 a.m.

Registration information is available on the church website.

More fun begins at noon Saturday.

New this year, according to Jancie Audette, who handles promotions for CountryFest, is a barnyard. Farm accessories will be on display in the barnyard area.

Games begin at noon Saturday.

The Teddy Bear Band will perform from 1 to 1:45 p.m., followed by The Resisters from 2 to 2:20 p.m. and a magic show with balloons from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

There will also be food, bingo, cake walk and a silent auction.

A dinner will be held Saturday evening after Mass.

Rubber Soul-A Tribute to the Beatles will perform from 7 to 11 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

A classic car show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

Over 20 homemade quilts will be auctioned off Sunday at 1 p.m.

Erin Rogue will perform throughout the afternoon.

Games, food and other events will continue Sunday as well.

Activities conclude with the raffle drawing at 4 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Church is located at 19921 Nightingale St. N.W., Oak Grove. For more information, call 763-753-2011 or visit

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]