Notre Dame continues 68 year tradition

St. Martinville — Since 1940, parishioners at Notre Dame Catholic Church have developed a tradition in the community with its annual

church fair.

This year’s celebration will begin with the traditional kick-off dinner on Friday, Oct. 31.

Josephine’s Restaurant (830 S. Main St.) will be serving fried fish dinners from 10:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. throughout the weekend. Other food served will include barbecue chicken dinners, gumbo, burgers and much more.

The fair, to be held near the church will feature: carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, raffles and bingo. Live music will also be provided by local bands and disc jockeys during the fair.

According to Margaret Richard, publicity chairperson for this year’s event, the annual fair was started 68 years ago when the church community welcomed visitors during the All Saints’ Day masses and cemetery blessings which are held Nov. 1 every year.

Out-of-town guests and relatives were treated to an annual gumbo dinner that grew into the celebration that it is today.

The money collected from the church’s largest annual fundraiser is used to defer insurance costs, to fund building repairs and improvements and to provide leadership training for parishioners throughout the year.

The fair gates will open at the following times: Friday, Oct. 31, 6:30-10 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, 2-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 2, 2-10 p.m.

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