The population of Verona will expand this Saturday, June 12 as the Sacred Heart Church plays host to Summer Fest activities from 5 to 10 p.m.
The popular annual event will include a country store, bingo and children's games including a duck pond, "dart" vader, ceramic painting, children's tatoos and the cow barrel train.
Food will be served starting at 5 p.m. Festival goers will have their choice of bratwurst and sauerkraut, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, authentic Mexican food and homemade desserts.
This year's event includes a line-up of musical entertainment that takes place throughout the entire festival. The schedule is as follows: 5 to 6 p.m., DJ by Chad Bolin Productions; 6 to 7 p.m., gospel music by Resurrection; 7 to 8 p.m., Folklorico Dancers; 8 to 8:30 p.m., DJ by Chad Bolin Productions; 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., gospel music by the Resurrection; and 9:30 to 10 p.m., DJ by Chad Bolin Productions.
Drawings, featuring over $2,000 worth of prizes, will be held at 7, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Some of the prizes include a Wii gaming system, a child's bicycle and trips to Kansas City, St. Louis and Eureka Springs, Ark.
The festival will be preceded by Mass at 4 p.m. Sacred Heart Church is located at the corner of Second and Adams Streets in Verona. Summer Fest activities are held on the parking lot behind the church's parish hall.
In case of rain, Summer Fest will be held on Sunday, June 13.
According to event co-chairs Helen Ruscha and Emma Faye Ruscha, all proceeds from the event will go toward maintenance and upkeep on the church and parish hall.
For more information about the Verona Sacred Heart Summer Fest and any of the activities, call the church office at 417-678-3714.