(Orange, Texas)


April 23, 2014

80 year tradition, St. Mary Catholic School Spring Festival, starts Saturday

ORANGE — An April tradition is the St. Mary Catholic School Spring Festival.

The 80th annual event will be 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday at the school, 2600 Bob Hall Road in Orange.

A ribbon cutting will be held 2 p.m. Friday with all the students present.

“The festival is the community and alumni coming together rather to attend or to give back to the community,” St. Mary Catholic School Principal Donna Darby said. “Everyone is so excited. There will be a volley ball tournament, a talent show and so much more.”

There will not be any outside vendors at the event as custom for the event. Students, staff, alumni and volunteers work together to supply all the food and games for the festival.

As part of the tradition, each class works on a project for people to bid on during the event.

“We also have a staff member who makes a quilt which we will raffle off,” Darby said.

Buddy Wolfford, 85, has volunteered to help with the festival for 50 years.

“We use to ask for donations of cardboard boxes so we could make the booths,” Wolfford said. “Now we use tents. We have come a long way.”

Wolfford’s four children attended St. Mary Catholic School.

“The high school closed before they could graduate,” Wolfford said. “About a year after the high school closed, the festival was moved to the current location.”

The school has 177 students from grades PreK3 through 8th grade.

“The festival is our major fundraiser each year,” Darby said. “It helps pay salaries and maintenance of the school.”

The event is free with a minimal cost for the games according to Darby.

“All are welcome. Come as a family and enjoy it together for the community and the school,” Darby said. “You are guaranteed to have fun.”

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