Two area churches are hosting annual activities this weekend to have families visit and entertain themselves. The St. John’s 2017 Festival is July 14 – 16 and the Victory Church Community Weekend and Car Show is July 15 & 16. Both events are geared for all ages to enjoy.
The St. John’s Festival kicks off on Friday night from 5 to 11 p.m. with a free concert by ‘Hey There Morgan,’ beginning at 6:30 and continuing throughout the evening. The weekend will also include BINGO, Corn Hole Tournaments, delicious food, rides, and more. “St. John’s Festival offers something for all ages. It is a wonderful summer family event. We have games and rides for different ages and levels of courage,” said Carin Coty, the Committee Chair of publicity & entertainment.
In the back lawn, behind the church, will be kid’s specific games, including the popular goldfish game. BINGO will be played in the banquet hall. For adults, games of chance will be by the beer tent. There will also be a raffle for an assortment of prizes including a flat screen TV, iPad mini, cash prizes and separate basket raffle featuring a Taste of Tipp basket donated by the festival commuter chairs which includes gift cards from Tipp City merchants. On Sunday at 2 p.m. will be a Kid’s Treasure Hunt in which they can dig through the straw for treasures. The Flea Market will also be open all weekend. Saturday will feature free concerts from Beesly at 3:00 p.m. and The Blue Leaf’s from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
The festival always takes a lot of planning, but it’s made worth it by the enjoyment it brings to so many. “The festival committee starts planning in January to pull it all together. While it’s a labor of love the group aka Fun Crew has a great time planning and it’s so wonderful to have a parish come together to help us pull it all off. It’s great to see all our community friends and families come together and visit catching up with one another mid-summer,” said Coty.
There will also be a number of tasty food options, including the Chicken Dinner on Saturday night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All weekend there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, mini-corn dogs, brats, metts, French fries, onion rings, pulled pork nachos, cabbage rolls, Young’s Jersey Dairy ice cream, and the Tipp City Fire Department Waffles.
With the help of over 100 volunteers over the weekend after about two weeks of set-up, St. John’s takes great pride in hosting the festival. “It provides us with the opportunity to give back to the city of Tipp and the wonderful neighborhood we are in. Seeing our neighbors, pulling people in from farther outside the city, and having families and friends gather under the tents enjoying music, food, and games is what it’s all about,” said Christy Peters, Flea Market Committee Chair since 2010.
The Victory Church also proudly hosts their 6th Annual Community Weekend featuring kid’s games and inflatables from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday is also a Car, Truck, and Bike Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Car Show is benefiting the Haas family to help Bruce Haas in the recovery of a triple bypass surgery. The weekend will also include hot dogs, hamburgers, and a bake sale.
For Victory Church, the weekend is a great opportunity to welcome visitors, including for the Community Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. “We love our community of Tipp, Troy, Vandalia, West Milton and beyond. One of our largest focuses is giving back to the community by helping people experience new victories whether it is through our church services, helping with individual needs within the surrounding community or providing opportunities for people and families in our area to have fun for free. ‘A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed,’ Proverbs 11:25. We want to be a generous church,” said Veronica Moorhead, Associate Pastor.