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The 2023
St. Mark's Parish Festival

Festival & Gala

Take a break from the autumn chores and join your parish family for the Parish Festival on Saturday, October 7. Live music, games of skill and chance, a silent auction, church tours and a dunk tank are just some of what’s in store. The festival will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the parish grounds at Dayton and Prior avenues. It will be followed that evening by a swing dance in the parish gym to the live music of the NorthStar Big Band.

The festival will have something for everyone, from the giant slide and obstacle course to children’s games to the two-person cornhole tournament for adults. Try your luck at bingo or take a guided tour of our historic church. Two polka bands will perform, and parish VIPs in black robes will be sitting high above the dunk tank, daring all comers to just try and put them in the drink.

The Thirsty Lion will be pouring wine and beer. Festival booths will be serving up all sorts of refreshment, from bratwurst to cheese curds, chicken fingers and fries, egg rolls, tacos and homemade pies.

Watch these pages in the weeks ahead for a full schedule of events. In the meantime, visit the Signup Genius at to see how you can help by volunteering to work an hour-long shift at the event.

And for the amateur bakers among us, consider contributing one of your homemade pies to the parish festival pie booth. 

Watch this page and the official communications channels in the days to come for more information!

Image by Louis Hansel

11 AM - 4 PM at St. Mark's

The Festival begins at 11:30 AM and runs all afternoon! Expect delicious food and drinks, festival games, live music, and so much more. 


Historic church tour

The Polka Band

Silent auction

Food, games, vendor booths

Cornhole tournament

Historic church tour w/organ demo

Henry Pawl's Amazing Polka Band



Silent auction winners announced

Swing dance to live music in gym


11:00  AM

11 AM - 12  PM

11 AM - 3  PM

11 AM - 4  PM

12:00 - 1:30  PM

1:00  PM

1:00 - 2:00  PM

2:15  PM

3:00  PM

3:45  PM

7:00 - 10:00  PM

Image by Igor Omilaev


St. Mark's has an impressive bench of parishioners who are sharing their talents and treasures to help support the parish! Check out the outstanding silent auction items below! Note that the auction ends at 3 PM!

Shirley Skorczewski
Hand Crafted Table Runner x2 and Apron
Katie Gearns
Year Subscription to EMBER
Lorie Spear
Mother and Child Jesus Image
Susanna and Brad Parent
Favorite Pinots of the Parents
Lost Souls Beer Tour Basket
Variety of Golf Items , Craft Beer and 2 golf Packages from OakMarsh Golf Course
Michele and Tom Vyvyan
Bloody Mary Basket
Jill Schmidt
Theather Basket
Bryant Ortega
Couples Dance Lessons
Besty Johnson
Evening Out basket with Baby Sitting Included!
Team Drogo
Donut and coffee themed basket
Melaluca Cleaning Products Basket with a Madonna and Child Artwork
Mairi Severson
Mother and child artwork
Evening out Latino Style
Moms Group
Catholic Children Books & Puzzles
Picnic Theme
Chad Berg - Catholic Softball Leage
Catholic Soft Ball Attire along with some Dark & Stormy from Surly
Rob Blackstone
4 ticket package to a 2024 United Soccer match
Jared Czaia
Hand Crafted Cedar Jenga Set
Kathy Handford
Weekend in Ely
Kathy Handford
Timeshare Cabo San Lucas
Mark Manderfeld
1 Will Preparation
Priests of Saint Marks
Dinner with the "Band of Brothers"
Image by Fengyou Wan

7 - 10 PM in the St. Mark's Gym

We're closing out the celebration with a Swing Dance in the Gym with LIVE MUSIC from the North Star Big Band. Admission is $10 general, $7 for students.

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