> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
At St. Anthony, there will be a dance both tonight and Saturday featuring local bands Juice Box Heroes, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. today, and the Rumors from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
There are numerous raffle booths and games of chance along with a large outdoor food court. There are also chances to win as much as $5,000 along with other prizes including a gas grill and iPad.
But it’s the chicken dinner that chairwoman Amy MacAlusa said is worth the drive to 316 N. Sherwood Ave..
“It is the best chicken dinner around. I guarantee you won’t walk away hungry,” MacAlusa said.
The festival — which has been around for more than 50 years — kicks off at 5 today and will run all day Saturday. New this year is an ethnic food area. There is also gambling in an air-conditioned facility, along with a beer tent.
Due to a miscommunication and the fact there are five Sundays in June, St. Anthony and St. Mary of the Knobs festivals are on the same weekend. But since the two parishes are in different counties, organizers are confident there will not be a drop-off in attendance at either event.
“At first we were concerned about that, but we have a lot of people who come to our annual picnic no matter what,” MacAlusa said. “We used to host it in July, but it was so hot so we moved it to June.
“People are very faithful to this festival. It’s our biggest fundraiser. It’s a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun.”
The festival also features several kids games in a safe area where MacAlusa said parents won’t have to worry about their youngsters.