69th Annual Holy Spirit Festival July 7-9

INDIANAPOLIS —The Holy Spirit Catholic Church Summer Festival & Monte Carlo will be held on July 7th, 8th & 9th on parish grounds at 7243 E. 10th Street. Hours are 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to Midnight on Friday and 1 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday.
According to Monsignor Paul D. Koetter, pastor of Holy Spirit Church, “Our goal is to provide a safe environment where the whole family can enjoy a great mix of food, entertainment and activities for all ages.”
The annual festival consists of more than 30 church booths with a variety of food, crafts and other merchandise along with popular carnival games and rides for young and old. Booths featuring Mexican fare, Filipino and Greek foods will compete with traditional festival fare including a Steak sandwich, roasted Corn-on-the-Cob, Ann Asher’s State Fair Award-winning Brownies, Elephant Ears, Pizza, Italian Sausage, Hamburgers and Authentic Tacos.
The rummage sale and the silent auction areas are two of the most visited, along with the cake and crafts booth featuring a quilt raffle. Home-made Family Dinners will again be prepared by Holy Spirit volunteers, available in the main tent located in front of the church. Dinners include sides and a drink and will be served from 5:00-7:30 p.m. each evening. A Pulled Pork dinner will be featured Thursday, Fish Fry or Corn Beef & Cabbage dinner on Friday and Saturday’s dinner will be a La Fiesta. $8.00 Adults and $4.00 for Children.
For children and teens, the amusement rides will be in operation during all festival hours with approximately 20 traditional and new rides available. A “One-Price-Ride Matinee” on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. will allow children to enjoy unlimited rides for a flat fee. The Rose Garden, sponsored by Manley’s Irish Mutt will feature various musical acts and entertainment each night starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday features the Scecina Rock Band and Acoustic Outlaws, Saturday will feature International Entertainment and The Connoisseurs. On Saturday afternoon, The Scecina Rock Band will perform from 1-3 p.m. and in the evening Acoustic Outlaws and Foster’s Branch. A new International Stage west of the Church will feature Hispanic Cultural Music and Dance on Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 pm and Saturday evening from 5:30-8:00 pm.
Cash prizes totaling thousands will be awarded over the three-day period, in six 50/50- jackpot drawings every night at 8:00 and 10:30-11 p.m. Those purchasing 24 or more tickets can win a 32” flat screen TV. Winners need not be present to win. Those purchasing advance ride tickets are eligible for the bicycle drawings at 5 p.m. Saturday.
To accommodate the large number of attendees, festival parking is available at the Crossroads Bible College at 601 N. Shortridge Road and at the SE corner of nearby Gold’s Gym, where continuous shuttle bus service will be provided each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. until close. Uniformed security will patrol the parking lots and grounds during all festival hours.
Advance tickets for drawings or rides may be purchased by contacting Holy Spirit, 7243 E. 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Ride tickets are available at a discount until July 7 at 4 p.m. For more information about the Holy Spirit Summer Festival, call 353-9404.