Festival season winds down at St. Hubert

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 31, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — You’ll know St. Hubert’s Fall Festival is here at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, two hours before the Harrison Township event actually begins.

The field across from the church on Prentiss Street will be filled with cars, and there will be a long line of people outside the large tent. Why? The wildly popular Friday Fish Fry that will be served sharply at 6 p.m.

“They always come early for the fish fry,” said festival chairperson Mary Owiesny. “It’s immensely popular.”

Of course, there will be plenty of food the entire three days of the 32nd annual festival Sept. 8-10, and there will also be live entertainment, the game tent, the tag tent — which is similar to a large flea market — the Vegas tent, the big 50-50 raffle, and the popular midway with carnival games, carnival foods and rides.

Organizer Jen Iannuzzi said the popular beer tent is also making a comeback this year.

Wristbands for rides are being sold at a $3 discount at the church rectory until 4 p.m. Sept. 8. Parking and entry to the festival are free.

Owiesny said this year’s live entertainment is being led by Harrison Township and metro Detroit bands: Moose & Da Sharks will perform the oldies from 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 8. On Sept. 9, Rockabilly Devils Band will perform 3-7 p.m., and 2 Days Gone will perform classic rock from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Sound Alternative Band will perform a wide range of dance music 3-8 p.m. Sept. 10.

“We like to keep (entertainment) local if we can,” Owiesny said.

Also providing entertainment will be Da the Clown, popular for his balloon sculpting. New this year will be a Mark Twain impersonator, who will be giving shows under the main tent at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 9.

“It will be interesting to see what that’s all about,” Owiesny said.

Food service under the main tent is available for the handicapped, and the carnival is being provided by Schmidt Amusements out of Standish, which St. Hubert has contracted for the past three years.

The Fall Festival fundraiser traditionally attracts tens of thousands of people. Last year’s event raised just over $50,000, and this year’s target is $70,000.

“It all depends on the weather,” Owiesny said.

The festival will go on rain or shine.

It runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 8, from noon to midnight Sept. 9, and from 1 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10. The grand raffle drawing takes place at 8 p.m. Sept. 10.

St. Hubert Church is located at 38775 Prentiss St.