Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Brian Mumper’s Holy Trinity Festival highlights

We want to thank Brian Mumper for taking the time to fill us in on the great success of the recent Holy Trinity Festival:

Thank you all for attending as we launched the Holy Trinity Festival's "New Tradition"! We are thrilled with the attendance in our first year with the new layout and thank all for their support.

We learned quite a bit for our first year in the new location; aside from a few bottlenecks, the festival grounds worked out nicely. The layout will be tweaked accordingly to optimize this venue.

While we had a NEW location, we had many of your TRADITIONAL festival favorites including metts, brats, burgers, turtle soup, walking tacos, funnel cakes, corn on the cob (our Festival Food of the Year), and your favorite booths including Big 6, High Low, Ring Toss, Groceries, Kids Games, Instants, Black Jack/Poker, etc.

We also heard some very positive comments regarding the entertainment (The Avenues, The Remains, and Zahnadu productions) and hope to maintain that caliber of entertainment in the future. The Bands were absolutely incredible and drew crowds of their own!

Split the Pot (Our Festival Booth of the year) was able to award several prizes per night with many drawings reaching up to $200 each.

Our Major Award winners were all Norwood residents and all Holy Trinity Parishioners...Mary Griesemer won the 3rd prize ($550), Laura O'Brien won the 2ndprize ($1600), and Caroline Schirmer won the 1st prize ($5250). As the grand prize winner, Caroline also had the chance to pick from a table full of money bags - one of which contained the grand prize of $25,000. Caroline did not pick the bag with the jackpot but of course was thrilled with the $5250 that she did win.

We intentionally kept it simple in our first year in this location and from what we have heard a good time was had by festival goers of all ages. Now that we are established in the new location, we will certainly build on the momentum and introduce new booths for your enjoyment in coming years.

Once again, thank you for your support, thank you to the local businesses that sponsored the festival, thank you to the parishioners who volunteered all weekend, and thank you to the surrounding neighbors who put up with traffic, parking, and noise over the weekend.

We hope to see you at the 2009 Holy Trinity Festival.

J. Brian Mumper