Round up your family, gather your friends, and join us for Country Fest to be held on our beautiful parish grounds. This newly re-imagined pork and corn roast event celebrates and strengthens the bonds of our community while serving as the only major fundraiser supporting the mission and ministries of Saint Mary Parish.

• Traditions Re-Imagined •


Saint Mary Country Fest harkens back to the days when country living was the mainstay of Lake County and Saint Mary's tradition of the annual Pork & Corn Roast was a much-anticipated community-wide event for 38 years.

Gary Gunther, long-time chair of the Saint Mary Pork & Corn Roast and this year's co-chair of the Country Fest said, "In its height, the Pork & Corn Roast needed about 400 volunteers to operate - everything from hog procurement and roasting to meal preparation and serving, setup and take down, a large-scale set of games, live bands and even a 5K race for many years."

As a result of the increasing volunteer demands, the Pork & Corn Roast was held for the last time in 2013. In 2014, a significantly scaled back event, Harvest Fest, was introduced. This simpler version of a parish gathering included a catered pork and corn meal without the on-site pig roasting, organized games or add-on events. this year, the new Country Fest brings back many treasured Pork & Corn Roast components while also making the event manageable for the Saint Mary parish community to host and enjoy.

Seasoned patrons will be happy to note that much of the menu remains the same as in years past. However, by outsourcing the labor-intensive food preparation of hog roasting as well as the preparation of the many side dishes and desserts, the planning and volunteer staffing requirements of the parish have been eased. Nevertheless, approximately 100 volunteers will be needed to make the event a success.

Please continue to scroll down to see all that will be offered at Country Fest 2017!


    Country Fest 2017 brings back the time-honored traditions of the on-site pig roast. The feast will feature locally raised pork procured from The Lake County Fair and roasted on-site by Beelow’s. You won’t want to miss this delicious meal served up with generous helpings baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad and fresh tomatoes. Desserts from Taste of Paris will be available for purchase as well as beer from Tighthead Brewing Company, wine, soda, hot dogs and chips. Come savor these home-style country flavors under the big-top tent while listening to our D.J. mixing up music for all ages. 

    The St. Mary Filipino community will be proudly offering traditional Filipino cuisine favorites for sale again this year, including mouth-watering meat skewers, noodles and egg rolls. Stop by their table for incredible food and fellowship!


    General admission is free, as are most children’s games and exhibits.

    Meal tickets:

    $10 for adults

    $5 for children (10 and under)

    Meal tickets will be for sale after weekend masses at St. Mary parish leading up to the Country Fest. They can also be purchased at the parish office in advance or onsite during the event.


    It’s bingo time! Bingo is making a return this year and will be held in the parish’s air-conditioned Diantha Hall from 1:30 - 3:30 PM.  Come seek out your lucky card and support the church while having fun, too!

  • Silent Auction

    More than 40 tantalizing items for attendees to bid on!

    Fest-goers will have the opportunity to win Chicago Cubs tickets, Chicago Bears tickets, 5 nights in Copper Mountain Colorado, a ride for a child to school by a fire engine sponsored by the Mundelein Fire Department and MUCH MORE!!! 

  • Raffle

    Don't forget to check out the raffle to see how lucky you are!

    Each parish family is asked to sell raffle tickets to family and friends. Sold raffle ticket stubs and money can be turned in to the parish office in advance or brought to the Country Fest.

  • games, Games & More games!

    Come for the food, stay for the fun!  A wide-range of fun activities for all ages will be held throughout the day. These include: children’s games, face painting, DJ music, bagg-o games and more! 


    New to the event will be tractor hay rides around the scenic St. Mary campus. Enjoy a fun, family-friendly ride and soak up our beautiful country setting.

    Rides will be running: 12:30 PM - 7 PM

  • Antique tractors & classic cars

    We are pleased to bring back the antique tractor exhibits displayed by The Lake County Farm Heritage Association. Also displayed will be a collection of classic cars from yesteryear to take fest-goers on a trip down memory lane.

  • restored old number one fire engine

    Mundelein's restored Old Number One Fire Engine will be on display for all to see.


    Did you know that approximately 100 volunteers are needed for Country Fest? You can build new friendships in our parish community by volunteering for a Country Fest shift. Or, bring a friend or two with you to reconnect while lending a hand!

    Here's a sampling of what's needed:

    • Setup on Saturday, August 5
    • Setup and decorate on Sunday, August 6
    • Ticket sellers for meal and raffle tickets
    • Food runners and servers
    • Bartenders
    • Children's Games & Face Painting
    • Clean up on Sunday, August 6 & Monday, August 7

    With so many volunteers roles, there's sure to be something for everyone! To sign up, visit the Country Fest table in the narthex after mass o contact John Gannon at or (440)  570 - 9286.