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CountryFest in Oak Grove includes children’s activities, such as face painting. The event, which runs Sept. 7-9, also features live music, a ribs contest, a silent auction and more.

CountryFest returns to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oak Grove Sept. 7-9.

This year promises more entertainment on the main stage, a 5k tribute run/walk, a rib contest and easier access to the food booth.

CountryFest kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, with the youth block party 8-11 p.m. The block party is open to all middle school and high school youth. Highlights include: “gaga ball,” pizza, a bonfire, and DJ Bill. There will be a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the day starts with the 5k tribute run/walk for all ages at 10 a.m. Walk or run in honor of a loved one who has died. Registration information is available at st-patricks.org/countryfest.

The main festival starts at 11 a.m. Saturday with food, free children’s games, inflatables, bingo, a country store with fresh produce and homemade baked goods, crafts and more. Expect a large indoor silent auction.

Saturday’s music lineup includes Angie Senger at noon, Church of Cash at 2 p.m. and Touch of Magic at 4:30 p.m.

The annual BBQ RibFest contest is back for another year and takes place Saturday afternoon. Ribs will be ready for sale at 6:15 p.m. and they won’t last long. The contest is looking for more contestants to show off their grilling skills and a chance to win a $1,000 prize. Visit st-patricks.org/countryfest for more details.

Those who enter the raffle will have a chance to win $10,000 cash and other cash prizes.

Dinner will also be available.

At 7 p.m. the headliner, the Shane Martin Band, will kick off its set and perform until 11 p.m.

A fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, CountryFest opens at 10 a.m. for games, inflatables, a raffle, food and the silent auction. New entertainment on Sunday is Life on a String, performing 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The classic car show begins at noon and runs until 4 p.m.

The annual quilt auction begins on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. There will be more than 30 homemade quilts of all sizes to bid on. To see the many choices prior to CountryFest, visit the website. Final bids must be in by 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

CountryFest activities wrap up with the raffle drawing on Sunday at 4 p.m. Participants could win the $10,000 grand prize, $2,000 for second place or $1,000 for third place.

St. Patrick Catholic Church is at 19921 Nightingale St. NW.

For more information, visit st-patricks.org/countryfest or call 763-753-2011.

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