Guide to FallFest 2023
When: Saturday, September 23 2023, from 11am – 10pm
Where: St. Gerard Majella parking lots and gym
We are excited to announce the events for FallFest 2023 at St. Gerard Majella. Please read through our Guide to FallFest 2023 for all the details of this fun-filled day. We can’t wait to see you there!
Just a Little History
For those new to the SGM community, FallFest has been a staple parish gathering since 1979. It started as a craft fair with chicken dinner, complete with a cake walk. 44 years later, the format has changed, but the mission is still the same: to bring our St. Gerard Majella parish family together for a day of food, fun, and community!
What Makes FallFest Possible? Volunteers!
So many people are responsible for bringing FallFest together. But, to truly make the day of FallFest successful, we need your help! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available via our SignUp Genius. Please consider signing up for one or more slots. Thank you in advance for your support!
Cashless at FallFest
The FallFest team is working to make this event as cashless as possible. While we will still accept cash, and have an ATM on site, we strongly encourage pre-purchasing your ride and inflatable wristbands and/or tickets (more information below), leveraging prepaid gift cards or Greenlight debit cards for kids, or just relying on your credit card to make purchases throughout the day. We appreciate your help in limiting cash at FallFest.
Parking and Transportation
Parking will be available at Vineyard Community Church on Dougherty Ferry as well as in the St. Luke’s Hospital parking lot off Dougherty Ferry. A shuttle service will pick up and drop off at both locations throughout the entirety of FallFest.
What to Expect at FallFest
Food service runs all day, from 11am – 8pm. We have a variety of menu items including: hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chicken tenders and chicken breast and pulled pork sandwiches.
Taste of SGM adds another food option for attendees. Three Kings Public House and Tres Reyes will have additional food options for you to purchase. They will operate from 4-7pm.
The snack tent will be open all day, from 11am – 10pm. Here you can buy Pretzel Boys pretzels, Ted Drewes, candy, water and soda.
Don’t miss our Beer Tent! Here you can pick from a variety of beer on tap, purchase wine and seltzers. While visiting the beer tent, don’t forget to try your luck in Chuck-a-Luck!
Bands and DJ music from 12-8pm
Carnival rides for all ages will be part of the FallFest fun! Advance ticket and wristband sales are available at SGMFallFest23.givesmart.com. Purchases can also be made at FallFest. Rides will operate from 11am – 10pm.
Back, by popular demand: GAMES! Carnival games for all ages will be running in the gym from 12pm – 5pm. Advance sales for game tickets can be purchased via the link above or purchased at FallFest. Contact Laura Robson firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Mega Majella 50/50 Raffle – Buy your Mega Majella 50/50 raffle ticket for $100 and be entered to win the grand price of 50% of the total ticket sales. Our goal is to sell 500 tickets. That's right, our goal is a winning prize of $25,000! The Early bird winner of the Mega Majella 50/50 Raffle was Jessica Doneff. The 50/50 grand prize winner will be drawn at the end of FallFest. You do not need to be present to win. Mega Majella tickets can be purchased on FaithDirect or the Parish Office. Contact Martha Heisner email@example.com with questions.
Dollar Raffle – Our Dollar Raffle tickets are a way for the students to get involved with fundraising. Sheets of tickets were sent home with SGM students. PSR students can pick up sheets at the back of church. Additional ticket sheets can be found in the school office, the back of church and the parish office. Tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10. Winning tickets will be drawn at the end of FallFest for 5 prizes totaling $1500. Student and homeroom incentives are also available. Contact Liz Lough firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Silent Auction – Each year at FallFest we have a variety of silent auction items up for grabs, available via online bidding. Visit GiveSmart or text, and you can preview all the items available to bid on. Bidding will begin at 10am the day of FallFest and conclude at 10:00pm. Contact Leigh-Anne Brueggenjohann email@example.com with questions.
FallFest Parties –All party sign-ups online via this link GiveSmart. Party sign-ups will begin at 10am on the day of FallFest and conclude either when a party is full or one week post FallFest. Contact Peggy Chandra firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
A big shout out of thanks to the numerous committee chairs and volunteers who have been pulling together the plans for FallFest 2023! We look forward to seeing you on September 23rd.
Matt McHugh & Erin Zlatic
FallFest 2022 Co-Chairs