Street Fest on the Hill returns for a second year.

Queen of the Apostles Parish secretary Katie Pierce said the two-day community event is a way for the Catholic parish to celebrate family and faith in the community.

The festival, which begins Saturday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m., is open to all, Pierce said.

“Everyone in the community is welcome,” she said. “You don’t have to belong to the parish.”

Each day of the festival follows mass — 4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Saturday includes food, such as corn on the cob, a beer tent, music and bingo, while Sunday includes a PTA back-to-school event for St. Mary’s Catholic School starting at 9 a.m., a chicken q, beer tent, wine pull, silent auction and a musical performance by the a cappella group Blend beginning at 1 p.m.

Blend performed last year, Pierce said.

“They were very good last year,” she said. “A lot of community people bring their lawn chairs and come and listen.”

The raffle drawing for the silent auction begins at 3:30 p.m.

Pierce said the festival is also a celebration of the 150 years the parish has been in the Tomah and Warrens communities.

“This year we’ll have a display for the celebration of the 150 years of the parish being active in the communities of Tomah and Warrens,” she said. “We’re also having Bishop Callahan … of the diocese of La Crosse to celebrate. He’ll be giving the homily during the ceremony.”

Pierce is excited for Street Fest. She said it’s the last big event of the summer.

“Last year we had an amazing turnout in conjunction with amazing weather,” she said. “We’re hoping for that again with all of the family and fun and being able to hang out with the teachers and others and celebrate.

The event is held in conjunction with the school’s open house.

“As well as meeting teachers, kids can bring their school stuff to drop it off as school starts that next Wednesday,” Pierce said.

It’s a fun event that brings people together, Pierce said. She likes getting to see her entire parish family.

“We have three (masses), and people tend to stick to those groups, and so they don’t always see everyone,” she said. “(Street Fest) brings them together, and it’s able to celebrate with everyone of the parish.”

It also celebrates the larger community, Pierce said.

“Last year we saw people that weren’t Catholic come, and they liked the music, the family aspect, and that’s what we’re trying to promote — that we’re more than just Catholic,” she said. “It’s great to see that come together.”

The festival will be held rain or shine, but Pierce said events can be moved from outside into the school gym.

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