SMITHFIELD – Old fashioned family fun is right around the corner with the 4th St. Philip Parish Festival running Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 22-24th.
The event will be held on the parish grounds, 622 Putnam Pike, Greenville.
The three-day festival will include nightly live entertainment, amusement rides and carnival games, daily dinner specials, vendor fair, food court, split the pot raffle, penny social, baking competition, beer and wine tent, face painting, and more.
Saint Philip Church Pastor, Rev. Francis Santilli said, “Our event features something for all ages from the young to the young-at-heart.”
He noted it’s, “An opportunity to come together for more traditional-style family fun that everyone can enjoy.”
The mega split the pot 50/50 cash raffle is new this year, said festival chairman Lionel Delos.
The first 10,000 raffle tickets have been printed. Tickets are $2 each or a book of 15 chances for $20. The winner will walk away with half the pot.
Delos said, “We will keep printing tickets and selling them until the final pulling on Saturday night, September 24 at 9 p.m. right before the festival ends.”
“We hope one lucky winner walks away with thousands,” he said adding, “Winning cash is fun for anyone!”
Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased at the St. Philip Church Rectory during regular business hours, after select masses at Church and at local Greenville businesses. Winner does not need to be present to win.
The festival opens on Thursday with a blessing by Rev. Santilli and will feature “A Tribute to Frankie Valli” starring Michael Panarello.
Friday’s classic night features a Fish & Chips dinner along with a Frank Sinatra Tribute by Chris Jason considered to be the best Sinatra impersonator on the East Coast. Jason will perform a four hour show from 6-10 p.m., perfect for dancing and listening pleasure.
Saturday will feature all-day long family entertainment and activities, including Riptide Band starting at 12 noon and playing through the day. Local singer Lauren King will perform from 4:30-6 p.m..
Nighttime will feature an old school neighborhood block party with the high-energy band 2nd To None performing from 6-10 p.m.
An indoor emporium in the Parish Center will include baked goods, kids activities, art exhibit, a café, and more. St. Philip’s Italian Doughboy Palace is expected to make over 1,000 doughboys.
Businesses interested in sponsoring this event may contact St. Philip Church at 949-1500.