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Parish Festival

The annual St. Thomas More Parish Festival is celebrating its 38th year. The theme is COUNTRY & GLORY. As a parish community, we will celebrate the GLORY of God through faith, family, and food and incorporate a country music theme.

The weekend is filled with fellowship, great food (American, Italian, Cajun, Vietnamese, funnel cakes & sweets), drinks (soft drinks, iced tea, lemonade, beer, wine, & daiquiris), games (ranging in skill levels), rides (catering to all ages), and plenty of live music. Beaucoup Boogie will perform on the field stage Friday, May 3rd from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m., Vidalia featuring David St. Romain will play on the field stage Saturday, May 4th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and LOUISIANA will entertain the crowd Sunday, May 5th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  (please, no chairs or ice chests for concerts). For the first time ever, the festival will host a live cooking demonstration on Saturday at 1 p.m. with celebrity Chef Jay Ducote. Other entertainment will be added to the lineup for the day time during Saturday and Sunday.

New and exciting this year: the festival is going cashless. STM Festival Bucks will be sold in advance online and distributed with pre order ride bracelets, or in the gym lobby on May 2nd & 3rd, or purchased on the festival field … $1 =1 Festival Buck. Credit/debit cards will be accepted in the festival buck exchange booth on the field. Be sure to order your STM Festival Bucks in advance to avoid standing in line!

If you are feeling lucky, we invite you to take a chance on one of the fabulous raffles. The $10,000 Raffle is changing this year: winners will be drawn SATURDAY night around 9 p.m. and FIVEwinners will be drawn (1) $10k, (1) $1,000, (1) $500, and (2) $250 … only 400 tickets will be sold. The Big Ticket Raffle is a custom golf cart. The Cash Raffle includes four prizes: $3,000, $1,000, $500, and $250.

To purchase raffle tickets by check (made out to STM Festival) or EXACT cash, you are invited to visit the church, school, preschool/ELC offices. Only 400 tickets will be sold for the $10,000 raffle; to get yours, contact Aimee Deshotel at 225-252-1071.

All merchandise, festival bucks, raffle tickets, ride bracelets, and a volunteer sign-up can be found online: www.stmfestival.com. The coming weeks will feature articles focusing on the various aspects of the annual festival.

The STM Festival is an event for old friends, new friends, family, and fellowship. This event does not exist without volunteers. There is no contribution too small; from chairman to a single booth shift, your time is valued. Please consider volunteering for a couple of hours during the 2019 Festival, an event that benefits our community, parish, church, and schools. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please email stmchurchfestival@gmail.com. There are also many sponsorship opportunities for your business – ask us!

If you have any other questions concerning the festival, please feel free to contact any member of the 2019 Festival Committee:

Chairman:  Trey Truitt, (225) 456-1345, rctruitt@gmail.com
Food & Beverage:  Bill Zimmermann, (504) 319-3955, wzimmermann16@gmail.com
Games & Merchandise:  Rusty Welch, (225) 445-0038, rusty@cajunparty.com
Manpower:  Loc Hoang, (225) 937-3225, hybrid70815@yahoo.com
Past Chairman:  Stephen Calandro, (225) 229-6125, stephencalandro@gmail.com
Communications: Sara Kleinpeter, (225) 235-2332, sara.kleinpeter@gmail.com