The summer may be winding down, but, there is at least one more big festival to attend.
The Family Festival of Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca St. in Throop, will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19.
On Friday and Saturday there will be a traditional picnic with ethnic food, and games for all ages on the parish grounds beginning at 5 p.m. Food items include pierogies with butter and onions, haluski, potato pancakes, corn on the cob, pizza fritta, french fries, funnel cake fries, pizza, porchetta sandwich, wimpies, hot dogs, hamburgers and old-fashioned ice cream sandwiches. There will also be a bake sale with many homemade items.
Saturday’s highlight includes a pig-in-the-blanket dinner from noon to 7 p.m., or until sold out.
Also on Saturday, a spirited game of Whiffle ball will begin at 9 a.m. on the parish grounds.
Sunday events will include breakfast immediately after the 9:30 a.m. service, and after the meal at 1:30 p.m.: bingo.
“The parishioners and surrounding neighbors have supported the event by donating items to help keep the expenses down,” explained Karen Doyle, who has been active with Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival since its inception. “The event is very successful because of the numerous volunteers of all ages that prepare for the crowds over the three-day event.”
Joseph Butash, who, on Friday, will be manning the 1950s-style “old-fashioned handmade ice cream sandwich” stand with his family, said “the Family Festival was started in 2006, when the town of Throop still had three Roman Catholic Parishes (there were once four in the Borough). It became apparent that there would be mergers, and the different parishes started to work together.” The birth of Blessed Sacrament Parish occurred in December, 2009. The Family Festival has become the parish’s largest fundraiser, “and it was a guiding light to get all parishes to work together,” Butash said.
There are a wide variety of games for children, including the always-popular bounce houses. There will also be a huge selection of baskets for the annual basket raffle.
The event caps off Sunday
afternoon around 4:30 p.m. with the
drawing of the annual 50/50 grand prize winner.
Tickets are available from any member of the organizing committee or by contacting the parish offices at 570-489-1963 or 570-489-0752.