Countryfest coming up at St. Patrick’s in Oak Grove

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

It’s almost time for CountryFest.

St. Patrick Catholic Church’s CountryFest runs Sept. 8-10. File photo
St. Patrick Catholic Church’s CountryFest runs Sept. 8-10. File photo

The event is held at Sept. 8-10 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oak Grove. CountryFest kicks off Friday with the youth block party, 8-11 p.m. The block party is for all middle school and high school students. D.J. Bill will return to entertain, along with gaga ball, a bonfire, pizza and the chance to win some great prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the 5K run/walk for all ages starts at 9 a.m. All 5K participants will receive a T-shirt, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. Awards will be given for the overall men’s and women’s winners. Registration information is available at www.st-patricks.org/countryfest.

The main festival starts at noon on Saturday with amazing food, free selected children’s games, inflatables, Bingo and the silent auction. The Country Store will have fresh produce, homemade baked goods, crafts and more. At 1 p.m., don’t miss Remembering the King featuring Steve Marcio; A Touch of Magic and balloon sculptures starts at 3:30 p.m.

The fourth annual BBQ RibFest contest takes place Saturday afternoon. Contestants will be tempting everyone in Oak Grove with the mouth-watering scent of ribs cooking to perfection. Ribs will be ready for sale by 6:05 p.m., following the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Judges will name the winners at 7:30 p.m. We are looking for more contestants who want to show off their grilling skills — all are welcome to participate! If you are interested in competing in the rib contest, contact Chad Lashinski at 612-991-7004 or email [email protected] Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners with a grand prize of $1,000.

Be sure to enter the raffle drawing for a chance to win $10,000 cash and other prizes. In the social hall, you can bid on hundreds of silent auction treasures all weekend. Stay for dinner on Saturday, try the ribs or many other menu favorites, and enjoy the headliner, Shane Martin Band from 7-11 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.

On Sunday, Sep. 10, CountryFest opens at 10 a.m., right after 9 a.m. Mass. The Classic Car Show begins at noon and runs until 4 p.m.

The seventh annual quilt auction begins on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. and will offer a selection of 35-40 quilts in an array of colors, designs and sizes. Many hours are spent sewing fabrics together in unique patterns, then machine quilted with intricate designs. These quilts really need to be seen up close to appreciate the workmanship. The quilts will be displayed all day Saturday and prior to the auction on Sunday, so come early and pick out your favorite before the bidding begins. All quilts can also be viewed prior to CountryFest on the website.

Final bids for your favorites at the silent auction must be made by 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Activities wrap up with the raffle drawing on Sunday at 4 p.m. Purchase your tickets to be a lucky winner of the $10,000 grand prize, $2,000 second place and $1,000 third place, and along with $500, $400, $300 and four $100 winners. Also, there will be many other prizes raffled hourly during the weekend.

For more information, visit www.stpatricks.org/countryfest or call 763-753-2011.