Here Comes the Fun…St. Joseph’s Center 56th Annual Summer Festival July 28-30

The Summer Festival, held on the campus of Marywood University in Scranton, began as a backyard picnic and has grown into the premiere festival in the area with expected crowds of over 15,000. It’s the largest fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Center Auxiliary.

Visitors can expect over 40 booths including a Book Booth, General Store, Holiday Hut, Ribbons and Bows and Tricky Trays with more than 60 prizes. There are also raffle booths with homemade afghans, artistic items and children’s toys. Activity booths include Bingo, Mini Golf, basketball free throw, slide and bounce house, baseball pitch and a large area with children’s games. On Sunday, music and dance groups perform.

This event is essential to the continued operations of Saint Joseph’s Center and its many programs. Funds raised each year enable the organization to purchase new equipment and renovate client care areas and resident homes. “The community continues to overwhelm us with their commitment and generosity to enable our work to continue. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers, patrons and donors,” says Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM, president/CEO.

The Festival’s varied and mouth-watering menu always draws a crowd. Popular items include funnel cake, clams, roast beef and Porketta sandwiches, halushki, pierogies, tacos, potato pancakes and warm apple dumpling a la mode.

There is free parking on campus with shuttle bus service. Summer Festival hours are 4-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, noon-8:00 PM. Visit Call. 570-963-1290. –Ann Moschorak