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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!

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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. 

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Including a dinner provided by Fr. David and companions, a will (care of Mark Manderfeld), and various other curiosities provided by various small groups and ministries (like CCW, Drogo, et al)!

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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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