Thousands stopped by St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oak Grove Sept. 9-11 for the 40th annual CountryFest celebration.
A 5K race, BBQ ribs, free kids games, musicians, a silent auction and so much more drew people to the church, 19921 Nightingale St. NW.
Events are built around mass, held as usual at 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Fireworks lit up the night sky Sept. 10 in a show grander than usual.
“It’s really a community-builder and a community-awareness thing,” said Dan Jaeger, business administrator at the church. “We want people to know that St. Pat’s is here. We’re about worship, and we’re about our mission, but we’re also about just connecting with people of any faith.”