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Fall Festival of Nations set for Oct. 1

From Staff Reports

Notre Dame Church, located at 212 Mt. Bethel Road in Greeneville, will host its annual “Fall Festival of Nations” on Saturday, Oct. 1. The festival is open to the general public.

Beginning at 10 a.m. and going until 4 p.m., excitement will fill the air with a variety of activities. All the entertainment is free. Food and games require tickets that are available for only 50 cents each at the event (some choices may require more than one ticket).

“This festival gathering is another way of strengthening our community and also helping us to know each other better through this celebration of different cultures and people that live in our area,” Fr. Dan Whitman, pastor of Notre Dame, stated.

For you bargain hunters, a large, “Good Old American” yard sale will take place beginning at 8 a.m. so just follow the signs as you first enter the property. There are numerous and varied items: furniture, jewelry, linens, etc. to choose from, so an early arrival will give you a better chance at “the pick of the crop.” Fall flowers and décor will also be available just in time to decorate for the harvest season at the Farmers Market located next to the Yard Sale. Take home ornamental kale, ornamental cabbage, pansies and mums just in time to plant. Gourds and other fall decorations will be available along with homemade canned goodies from local harvests. Both of these require cash and carry only please.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Father Dan Whitman leading an opening prayer, followed by the National Anthem. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the day Richard Spain – country music, Dr. Mark and Sherry Finchum of Indian Creek Productions – Native Cherokee Indian traditions, Tusculum Cheerleaders, Chaplain and Mrs. Abel – contemporary Christian music, Astro’s Mascot “Gizzmo”, Mexican Dancers in authentic costumes, Willi Sisters – Christian singers/songwriters, Jimmie D – rhythm & blues, JB and The Wild Honey, Missy Watts – Middle Eastern Dance “Raqs Sharqi”, The Scheherezade Dance Troupe, Philippine Dancers – “Carinosa” and “Bulaklakan” the dance of floral garland, and a Spanish Band – Dos de oro al estilo Sierreño.

You can sample foods from around the world, including: USA, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Philippines, Honduras, Colombia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Vietnam, China, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Australia. Taste foods like Shepherd’s Pie from Ireland, Spaetzle from Germany, Pirogues from Poland, Cha Gio from Vietnam, Arepas from Columbia, Pancit from the Philippines and more. International food booths will be in the parish hall and open from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. You will be given a plate, fork and napkin upon entering the building so you may load up on samples and enjoy them there, in the parish hall, or anywhere on the grounds as you watch the exciting entertainment. Hotdogs, hamburgers and stadium brats will be served at the U.S.A. tent outdoors and homemade tacos, tamales and pambazos will be served at the Mexico tent outdoors as well. Soft drinks will be available both inside and outside.

Returning to the festival this year is an Art Display of local talent from photography to drawings and paintings. The Greeneville Newcomers Quilters will have many of their quilts on display inside one of the classrooms for your viewing pleasure. Other displays will be on site from the Agriculture Extension Service of Greene County Big Spring Master Gardeners Association, Davy Crockett Beekeepers Association, Greeneville Fire Department, Greeneville Police Department, Greene County Sheriff Department, the Hope Center, Emergency Medical Services, Healing with Flowers, Honor Flight of East Tennessee and more.

Game booths will include games and contests for both adults and children with many prizes to take home. Have your face painted or try your hand at the Putting Green or the Dart Toss, a favorite in Great Britain. Inflatables will be available for youth and only a $10 armband gives them unlimited access to fun all day long.

Homemade items are available to purchase at the Bake Sale such as breads, cakes, pies, and other favorite desserts. This activity will be held in the education wing along with a Silent Auction of International Items, collected from several countries, available to bid on all day.  Two antique Korean side chests, variety baskets from Bolivia, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and more will be awarded to the highest bidder by the conclusion of the afternoon at 4:00 p.m.  These activities will be cash and carry only please.

Raffle tickets are on sale for only $2 each for three chances to win $500 cash. A drawing will be held at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and you do not have to be present to win. Raffle is in compliance with the State of Tennessee gaming regulations.

Outside vendors are being accepted to sell their crafts and space is very limited. Contact the church office at 639-9381 for an application. Some restrictions may apply.

All proceeds from the Fall Festival of Nations will benefit Notre Dame Church, allowing us to continue works of charity in the community. More detailed information can be obtained by calling the event co-chairs, DJ Dalton (639-1096 and Jack Place 638-1951.