OSWEGO — Mark the arrival of summer with a fun time at St. Joseph’s Church’s annual festival. The popular event will be held in the parking lot and parish center of the church, 240 West First St., Oswego, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 20 (till sunset), and it continues at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 (till sunset). On Sunday, June 22, a chicken barbecue only will be offered. The festival will be held sun, rain or snow!

Finding something wonderful to do, to eat or to enjoy at the festival is as simple as ABC. Choose your favorites from A: Air Hop; B: balloon animals, BBQ chicken, beer; C: cake game (specialty cakes donated by local bakeries will be raffled off, too), Critters, coffee; D: dough — fried to perfection; E: eggplant sandwiches, entertainment (Sounds of Brass and more for your listening and dancing pleasure); F: face painting, French fries; G: gas grill raffle (donated by Sugar-Scanlon Funeral Home of Oswego and Sugar Funeral Home of Fulton), grocery game; H: hot dogs, hamburgers; I: ice cream booth — new this year! 500 servings compliments of Stewart’s Shops; J: juicy Italian sausage; K: Kiddieland; L: Lottery Tree Raffles (two trees, each with 100 $1 NYS scratch-off tickets), lasagna; M: Money Raffle 1st prize = $1,000, 2nd prize = $500, 3rd prize = $200, 4th prize = $50; N: nachos; O: over twenty beautiful gift baskets will be raffled; P: pizza (from Franco’s Pizza of Oswego), pies, pull tabs, Plinko, popcorn; Q: quaint finds at the White Elephant Sale — yard sale/tag sale/garage sale all in one!; R: raffles — 50/50 held each evening, gas grill, lottery tree, gift baskets; S: strawberry shortcake (featuring hand-picked strawberries donated by Ferlito Farms, sausage sandwiches, sno-cones; T: tasty Italian cuisine — lasagna, eggplant, sausage, meatballs, pizza; U: unique items available at the White Elephant Sale; V: variety of food, drink and dessert items; W: wonderful entertainment; X: “x”cellent opportunity to win $$$$; Y: yummy food favorites — meals, desserts, snacks and fun-foods; Z: zero chance of not having a great time!

The White Elephant booth is of special interest this year, overflowing with treasures! We have American Girl dolls, antiques, furniture (including an antique buffet), tools, electronics, glassware, picture frames, pocketbooks, wallets, toys, floral arrangements, books, music CDs, movies and so much more! We have an extra large assortment of designer and sterling silver jewelry. Designer pins, earrings, watches and necklaces are by Joan Rivers, Kenneth J. Lane, Nolan Miller, Kirks Folley and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Think ahead to Christmas and buy “almost new” decorations, such as Byers’ Choice carolers, wreaths, animated figures and more, all at unbelievable prices.

Thanks to an amazing donation by former Oswego resident Carolyn Miller, four sets of Department 56 Dickens Christmas village items will be raffled. Each raffle will include at least 14 buildings and 20 assorted accessories.

Make plans to be there!

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