Country Fest is the parish's main social and fundraising event. The country theme recognizes and honors the rural origins and culture of Saint Mary's. Inviting people of all ages, Country Fest celebrates and strengthens the bonds of our parish community through the sharing of food, drink and entertainment while also raising funds to help sustain the mission of Saint Mary of the Annunciation.
COUNTRY FEST 2018
You won’t want to miss the live auction, this year’s newest attraction. Exciting vacation packages, sporting event ticket packages and one-of-a-kind experiences will be auctioned live on-site. In addition, the silent auction will return this year, offering more than 40 tantalizing items for attendees to bid on.
Double the hayrides means double the fun! Hayrides were so popular in 2017, we’ve added a second tractor and wagon to accommodate additional guests.
The traditional Country Fest menu features pork roasted on-site by Beelows, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes. The meal will be served from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Other a la carte offerings include, soft drinks, Tighthead beer, wine and desserts.
Back again by popular demand, the Filipino community will be offering culinary favorites for a la carte purchase.
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: bingo from 1-3:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned school, children’s games, face painting, D.J music, bagg-o games, antique tractors and cars, hay rides and a live and silent auction. Mundelein’s restored Old Number One Fire Engine will also be on display.
Admission is free as are most children’s games and exhibits.
Meal tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages10 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.
Separate tickets for drinks, desserts, and raffles can be purchased on-site the day of the event.
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:
Ticket sellers for meal and raffle tickets
Food runners and servers
Children’s Games & Face Painting
With so many volunteers roles, there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Click Here to email the Country Fest Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering.
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.
History of the Country Fest
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.