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St. Joseph festival fun returns

The rides return as part of the fun at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Festival, which begins at 5 p.m. today in Shelbyville and continues through Saturday.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

The rides are ready for hundreds of residents when they stop by the St. Joseph Catholic Church festival, which starts today in Shelbyville.

The festival will open at 5 p.m. and close at 11 p.m., but if work or school prevents festival-goers from coming the first day, they have two more opportunities.

The festival continues from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Fr. Mike Keucher estimated at least 500 people attended last year’s three-day event and organizers are hoping the weather holds off for another good turnout.

The forecast calls for thunderstorms in the evening today and potential showers Saturday night. Friday’s forecast is mostly cloudy.

The festival raises money for the church and its charity outreach.

“It’s a way to have fun and help the community out,” Keucher said.

Admission is free but tickets cost $15 for 20 tickets.

There’s entertainment for residents of all ages. Children will enjoy the rides and carnival games that have returned.

Five music acts will take the stage Friday and Saturday, starting with Phase II and Busted Mufflers on Friday. Two bands, Ghost Radio and Follower, as well as Brown County musician Don Ford will perform on Saturday.

The beer tent will be set up and available for people of age.

Adults also will enjoy the return of the casino theme that the festival had in previous years, with poker and blackjack available.

Keucher said he received several requests for its return and decided it would be fun to incorporate it back into the event.

Dinner will be for sale each night, with pulled pork available today, a Fish Fry on Friday and pork chops on Saturday. The church also will have fried chicken on Sunday at the Knights of Columbus.

La Cocina and snacks also will be available for sale throughout the festivities.