Weekend Ticket: Cathedral Fall Festival this weekend

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 4, 2018


NATCHEZ — Cathedral School continues a fall tradition that is more than a century old this weekend, reimagined for everyone to enjoy.

“The Fall Festival is Cathedral’s largest fundraiser, and it has been going on for decades,” said festival chairwoman Lee Carby. “Cathedral has educated children for 171 years. We’ve had some sort of fall fundraiser at least one day each year. Now it has developed into a weekend plus.”

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The festivities start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the elementary school playground and multipurpose room, Carby said, and admittance into the festival is free with individual ticket prices for games — tickets cost as little as 50 cents each.

Carby said she and co-chairmen Laura and Scott McLemore have organized and pieced together a list of things to do, including mini-games, cakewalks, face painting, concessions, silent auctions, raffles and more.

Carby said attendees have a chance to win items in silent auctions, including artwork that students have created and class baskets filled with handmade decorations, electronics, free trips and even cash prizes prepared by each elementary grade.

Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. is considered “Adult Night,” Carby said, where pulled pork plates or Roux 61 gumbo can be enjoyed on campus or to-go for $12 and $5 respectively per plate.

After attendees have had their fill, they can participate in the “Paddle Wheel,” which is a raffle of sorts with numbered paddles for $20 each that can be purchased at the door, Carby said.

“During ‘Adult Night’ we raffle off packages created from donations from Miss-Lou businesses,” she said. “For $20 you could win a trip to Mexico. … This year we’ve brought back the ‘mini paddle’ for $1 per chance to win single items. We also have a pre-sold paddle for $175 that will put your name in each package one time and enter you in a drawing for $500 cash prize.”

The festival continues Sunday at 11 a.m. with a turkey dinner, which costs $8 for adults and $5 for children. Family bingo starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Carby said, after which auction and raffle winners will be announced.

Carby said all proceeds from the festival help the school continue the quality education it provides every day.

“Everyone in the school benefits from the fall fundraiser,” she said. “Cathedral has played such a large part in our community for so long and everyone in the community has been so wonderful and supportive of our school for being what it is. People come to the festival knowing they can support the school. It’s fun with a purpose.”