Fall Festival

Approximately 600 people showed up at the annual Fall Festival weekend in New England’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Dakota Womens Corrections Rehabilitation Center.
That was a good turnout because of other events in the area drawing people away. According to Father Gary Benz, more than 280 went to the meal on Saturday and slightly more than that on Sunday. “They said is was just a little down from last year. One problem was there was a number of other events… Nearby, in Dickinson, the parish had its German Night dinner the same night as Saturday. We also had a wedding here in New England,” he said.
“We were pleased that it was not too much off from last year,” he added.
Just being close to last year’s attendance was a good thing, he explained. “It is amazing because the farm economy is so down this year.”
The people really like home-cooked meals, Fr. Benz added. “That is always a highlight at the Fall Festival.”
He also praised the men who were making hamburgers in the gymnasium that were for sale. “The guys make the best burgers. Those are always a hit. There was always a long line of people for the burgers. That grill they have just makes them right,” he added with a chuckle.
The kids games were a success and so was the auction and some of the other activities over the two-day festival, Benz added.
Fr. Benz said he was surprised at some the outcomes from the auction, including the fact that the winning bid for an Italian dinner for six cooked by him was more than $800. “He (Al Schoch) must have done a good job auctioneering,” he added with a chuckle.

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