October 5, 2022

Festival at John XXIII offers residents local option for entertainment as gas prices soar

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The festival features carnival rides and games, food, beer, games of chance and raffles. The grand raffle is for $10,000 and tickets are $10 each.

Nightly dinner options are available throughout the festival. The Knights of Columbus will prepare a fish sandwich Friday night, followed by Combs BBQ Saturday and Sons of Italy spaghetti dinner Sunday.

There will be live entertainment Friday night from Farewell Fischer under the tent and at dusk Saturday night, Spider-Man No Way Home will be shown for free on the football field as part of the Free Movies in the Park series.

The festival couldn’t continue without the support of the many volunteers, according to Pickerill.

One of the longtime volunteers is Bill Becker, former Middletown police chief. He has worked the Fenwick/John XXIII festivals for more than 25 years. He has been on the grounds all week, despite the heat.

“I like to give back and it’s a great group of people,” said Becker, 71. “I never learned how to say no.”

One who will be missing at this year’s festival is Ed Dobrozsi, a longtime volunteer who died last year on the final morning of the festival.

Becker said his good friend Dobrozsi would want the festival to continue.

“He’d say, ‘Move on,’ so we are,” Becker said.

Ethan Dobrozsi said his late father is “making sure” the festival is successful.


HOW TO GO:

WHAT: Festival at John XXIII

WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday; 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: John XXIII, 3806 Manchester Road

HOW MUCH: Rides, food and beverages are individually priced. An all-ride armband can be purchased Sunday for $25.





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