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27th annual Saint Andrew Festival opens Jan. 11

By Staff | Jan 4, 2018

Saint Andrew Catholic School will host its big four-day fundraiser starting next week.

The Saint Andrew Festival will kick off on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. on the school’s grounds. An annual celebration, the local tradition will feature carnival rides, games and live entertainment.

Tim Holleran, an organizer for the event, explained that this marks the 27th year.

“It’s a fundraiser for the school. It’s a vital source of revenue to keep the school operating,” he said. “It also enables us to offer scholarships (to the school) to a great number of people who are in need.”

The festival will continue at the school on Friday for an extra hour, running from 6 to 11 p.m. On Jan. 13, it will be open from noon to 11 p.m. and then from noon to 10 p.m. on the final day – Jan 14.

Admission and parking are free.

Organizers estimated that approximately 20,000 people attend over the weekend.

“I would say we’re hoping for a better turnout this year than in previous years,” Holleran said. “There’s a lot of new cool stuff that should bring us a good attendance this year. There are some new rides that are coming in that we haven’t had in the past.”

The festival typically features between 20 and 30 rides.

“There’s some wild adult rides that will thrill anyone of any age,” he said. “There’s also a kiddie section for the smaller children.”

Pre-sale, unlimited ride bracelets are available for $55 until 5 p.m. Thursday. At the opening of the festival and through the remaining three days, the ride bracelets will be available for $75 each.

“That is good for unlimited rides throughout the duration of the festival,” Holleran said. “They’re a great savings compared to purchasing individual ride tickets.”

The celebration will also feature a variety of games and activities.

“Tons of carnival games,” he said. “Tons of them.”

The school even sets up a section for the smaller children, where everyone receives a prize.

“We even have free ones for the little kids,” Holleran said.

There will be a mix of live entertainment over the course of the four days.

“There is a full schedule of entertainment through the duration of the festival,” he said. “There are talent shows, there are deejays. A lot of performances by some local groups and organizations.”

In addition, a silent auction will be held, with bidding to close Sunday at 6 p.m.

“There are some new things that we’re giving out,” Holleran said.

They include weekend getaways, gift certificates to businesses and restaurants, and more.

“There are baskets that are assembled by the kids,” he said. “I think there’s over 100 baskets.”

Also on Sunday, a $10,000 raffle drawing will take place at 7 p.m.

“They do not have to be present to win,” Holleran said.

Tickets are $1 each for the raffle.

There will be food and drinks available on site, including a handful of local eateries.

“There are seven food trucks now,” he said on Thursday.

The options will range from Greek, Caribbean and seafood, to pizza and typical carnival fare.

Organizers encouraged the community to come out.

“It’s great entertainment for the whole family,” Holleran said. “There’s something for everyone.”

Parking is available at the church, Busey Bank, Fifth Third Bank and the Cape Coral Breeze.

For more information or to buy ride bracelets, visit standrewcs.org/about-us/festival.

The bracelets can also be purchased in advance at the school from 3 to 6 p.m. starting today.

Saint Andrew Catholic School is at 2628 Del Prado Blvd. S.