St. James to hold Fall Fest

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


On Sunday, Sept. 9, St. James Parish in Washington will have its annual Fall Festival at KC Hall.

Organizer Katie Mitchell said this year the traditional turkey dinner and auction would be held. She said new this year is an all-school Mass, which all kids are encouraged to participate in.

?What we are trying to do is have more school involvement in the event, because all the proceeds go to the school,? Mitchell said.

The event is held traditionally the first weekend after Labor Day. While neither Mitchell nor the Rev. Bernie Weir knew how long the event has been a part of the St. James calendar, both said it has been going on over 30 years.

The meal and games for kids begin at 11 a.m. The children?s games will be held in the St. James School playground. Mitchell said this year there would be wristbands instead of tickets as in previous years, which allows unlimited play.

The country store also opens at 11 a.m. with baked goods and craft items available to purchase, Brown said. It will remain open until 1 p.m.

The auction will begin at noon and often runs into the evening. The auction includes many items donated by local businesses, crafts made by St. James students, and a popular item being split wood.

Mitchell said the event isn?t just for St. James members and that the entire community is invited to the event. A lot of members from the church, school, and community have put time into making the fall festival a continuing success and they have volunteered on the committee.

?We are focusing on the things we are doing at the school to let people know the exciting things going on here,? she said. ?Our main goal is to build commuinity and allow families to gather together at a reasonable price and enjoy the day. The second benefit is we get to see what the kids have been doing and and to see businesses donate to help St. James. It is a neat day to see people come out in support of St. James school and the parish.?