TIFFIN — The 68th annual St. Joseph Festival will be slightly different this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s festival will be a grab & go event featuring only raffles and food that can be purchased quickly without fear of people lingering for long periods of time.
The dates are Saturday, July 11 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Festival Committee has been working to follow the guidelines suggested by the Seneca County Health Department requiring social distancing and no mass gatherings.
There will be hand sanitizer available throughout the grounds and booths will be sanitized throughout the event.
Face masks are not required, but are welcome if you desire to wear one. If you are ill or have a temperature, stay home and take advantage of the festival’s online ticket sales by visiting our website tiffinstjoseph.org.
Here’s what will be on the grounds:
The Main Raffle booth will be selling tickets for the $10,000 Grand Prize. There are nine other cash prizes also being raffled.
The Super Raffle has more than 70 donated prizes. There are many gift cards to local restaurants and retail stores, gift baskets of all sorts, a $500 Calvert Tuition Voucher, a Keurig Coffee Maker, a ¼ beef and processing, handcrafted bowl, Christmas tree skirt, garden pole and coat hanger, and many other nice gifts. The complete list and ticket order form can be found at tiffinstjoseph.org.
The Big 3 + Quilt Raffle features $1,000 gift certificates from both Ewald Furniture and Deckers Furniture and a new washing machine from Phillips Electric. The queen-size quilt was made by the late Mary Hoepf and is a special donation from her husband, Walter Hoepf.
The 50/50 Raffle and Instant Bingo tickets will also be sold on the grounds.
On Sunday, July 12, the “World-Famous Chicken Dinners” will be available by pre-order only.
These orders can be picked up by using the Washington Street drive-thru or by using our pick-up station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The chicken dinner order form is also available on the website or by calling the church office at (419) 447-5848. All orders must be placed by no later than July 6.
Local vendors will have food trucks available on the grounds both days.
These include the Pink Lady that has a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches available and Behm’s Concession that will have burgers, ribbon fries, funnel cakes, ice cream, shaved ice and more!
Mad Love & Foods will offer steak gyros, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and philly cheese steaks along with fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Although the 68th Festival will look a little different, the plan is to be back in full force in the summer of 2021 with plenty of games, foods, rides and entertainment.
All proceeds from the St. Joseph Festival go to support Calvert Catholic Schools, the church’s largest mission.