I have so many wonderful memories of the St. Helen Parish Festival from my childhood. From first through the fifth grades, I attended St. Helen Catholic Elementary School and I remember sitting in class, watching volunteers erect a child’s fantasy land in the playground outside, during the last week of classes every year.
Imagine my little eleven year old mind trying to focus on a spelling test while the Ferris Wheel loomed above my desk, just out of reach, with all of it’s promises of play time! It was agony – and they were some of the best years of my life!
A few weeks ago, I came back into contact with several classmates from St. Helen on Facebook – many of whom I hope to reconnect with at the Festival when Hubby and I take the kiddos this year. I view this as an opportunity to share with our children, a little of my past; have a great time as a family and definitely see some old friends, many of whom have families of their own now, too. However, this event is certainly open to the public, so you don’t have to be in any way affiliated with the church to attend (I’m not any longer, myself) and admission is FREE with plenty of FREE PARKING!
Located at 5100 Burkhardt Road – just east of the intersection of Woodman Drive and Burkhardt Road in the City of Riverside, Ohio – St. Helen Parish Festival opens Friday June 10th at 6:30 PM and runs until Midnight. Saturday, from 1:00 PM to Midnight and Sunday from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM, the fun continues, with carnival rides; games, gambling, raffles, a book sale / flea market and tons of food and prizes! My personal faves are the over / under game and funnel cakes…MMM, I can’t wait!
The beer garden is open to anyone 21 and over, with valid ID and bracelets are available for unlimited ride access. If you plan to drink, please do responsibly. RTA Bus Route 2 East drops you off right in front of the school. Visit www.i-riderta.org to plan your trip down to the minute. The final line-up downtown is at 12:30 am, so you won’t miss a thing if you stay till close and then take a bus home to avoid DUI and related dangers.
Another safe alternative is taking a taxi. If you have a larger group, this may be more cost effective than bus fare as the cost can be split by multiple passengers. This way, everybody has a good time and nobody gets hurt! I personally use Air City more often than any other. Their number is (937) 252-4444.
For more a map including directions & parking info, click HERE – or go to www.sthelenparish.org. Call the Parish Office at
(937) 254-6233 for details, or you can also “LIKE” the event on Facebook for up-to-date-information. This event was fantastic twenty years ago when I was a student at St. Helen but it’s even better now! Come out and bring the kiddos or a date…after dark, the grown-up party is a lot of fun, too…
**It should be noted that this author is not affiliated with any of the above and that these are not endorsements per se’,but merely relay one person’s positive experiences with the companies / organizations mentioned.**