St. Patrick Catholic Church’s 43rd annual CountryFest celebration returns Sept. 6-8 to Oak Grove.
“CountryFest is a large, community get-together for the north Anoka County area,” church business administrator Dan Jaeger said. “Our mission for this event is to show the community that St. Patrick Catholic Church wants to have a presence in our community. This event isn’t just for those who want to worship with us. It really is for everyone in the community.”
CountryFest is the main celebration each year for St. Patrick Catholic Church, at 19921 Nightingale St. NW, Oak Grove.
CountryFest raises on average $90,000 to $100,000 a year for the church and sees over 5,000 visitors.
“CountryFest keeps getting bigger and bigger every year, which is so exciting to see,” Jaeger said.
A majority of CountryFest proceeds go toward the church’s Youth Mission Trips and Community Outreach Ministries, which serves those in need in the community.
“CountryFest is a great place for people to have a really fun weekend while giving back to the community,” Jaeger said.
CountryFest kicks off 8-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, with the Youth Block Party. The event is open to all kids in grades six through 12. There will be music from DJ Bill Lage, bonfires, s’mores, gaga ball (a gentler version of dodgeball), 9-square, Giant Jenga and checkers, pie, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
CountryFest admission is free on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8. Music and children’s games will be free, but there will be a charge for food, some games and other events.
“We want to make this event very affordable so more families can attend,” Jaeger said. “Everything is geared towards meeting the needs of families in this area.”
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, CountryFest will start with the Tribute 5k walk/run in the church’s south parking lot. Participants will be able to honor a loved one who has died. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids under 18 years old. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m., and a raffle will be at 11 a.m.
From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, a Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stationed at CountryFest. To sign up, visit redcrossblood.org.
At 11 a.m. Sept. 7 and 8 there will be food, bingo and free children’s games. Other free events include a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and a Classic Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.
All musical acts at CountryFest have free admission. On Saturday, Sept. 7, the band Life on a String will play at noon, Church of Cash at 2 p.m., Touch of Magic at 4:30 p.m., and the Tim Sigler Band will be the headliner.
Over 800 items will be up for bid at the annual CountryFest silent auction, which closes at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.
There will also be a raffle where participants will have the chance to win $12,000 cash and other cash prizes.
The sixth annual BBQ RibFest contest is back for another year Saturday, Sept. 7. Ribs will be 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. The registration free if $75 prior to Friday, Aug. 30, and $100 after. Find sign-up information online at bit.Ly/2ZaMPPu.
At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, there will be a Quilt Auction. All quilts were made by St. Patrick Catholic Church quilters and other locals with materials donated by parishioners. A variety of quilt sizes will be up for auction including crib, twin, double, queen, king and California king.
Volunteers are needed for CountryFest. Anyone who is interested can sign up online at bit.Ly/33IJieH.
To learn more about CountryFest, visit st-patricks.org.