Celebrating 50 Years of Community!

The St Mary is excited to announce the date for the Parish’s 50th annual community event on August 11th, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Get ready to enjoy plenty of Food, Friendship and Fun!

This year’s event will include the traditional fresh roasted pork, corn, and side dishes served from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  Beer from Tighthead brewery in Mundelein will once again be featured. Look forward to a day filled with activities for all ages!

Please come join our community for Country Fest on Sunday, Aug. 11 on St. Mary’s beautiful parish grounds. Use the buttons below to purchase Early Bird Tickets and explore the many volunteer opportunities available for the event. (Links for Early Bird Tickets and volunteering coming soon).

Important Dates:

July 6th/7th: Discounted Early Bird Meal Tickets sales begin online

July 13th/14th:  Early Bird Tickets available to purchase in Narthex after Mass

  • Cash Raffle/Paradise Powerball tickets available to purchase
  • Early Bird tickets are available for purchase through August 4th.

August 4th:  Last Day for advanced ticket sales

August 11th:  Country Fest begins at 1 pm

Admission is free as are all children’s games and exhibits.

Meal tickets on the day of the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and under. Cash or credit purchases are available on the day of the event. Raffle tickets are available to purchase in person in the narthex via credit card, cash or check beginning the weekend of July 13th..

Early Bird tickets will be for sale prior to the event at a reduced price! Adult meal tickets purchased prior to August 5th are only $20. Children are $10. Tickets purchased in advance can be picked up at the Will Call desk on the day of the event. Purchase Early Bird tickets after Mass on the weekends of July 13-14th, July 20-21st, July 27-28th and August 3-4th or online through Give Central. See the Early Bird Ticket link to purchase on this page.

Separate tickets for drinks, desserts, and raffles can be purchased on-site the day of the event.

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.

Cash Raffle:
1st Prize: $5,000

2nd Prize: $2,500

3rd Prize: $1,000

**New in 2024**

PARADISE POWERBALL

6-night stay in Marco Island for up to 6 guests (click button below for details)

The Paradise Powerball is your chance to win a 6 night vacation for your family or friends!  The winner will be awarded $2,000 in cash for their trip in addition to the 6 night stay!

Only 225 tickets will be sold and tickets may be purchased in person in the narthex via Credit Card, Cash or Check beginning the weekend of July 13th.

Come For The Food, Stay For The Fun!

Relax to live music while enjoying your meal or put on your dancing shoes!

The event will showcase tractor hay rides around the scenic St. Mary campus. Enjoy a fun, family-friendly ride and soak up our beautiful country setting, touring the historic and legendary parish grounds!

A Wide Range Of Fun Activities For All Ages Will Be Held Throughout The Day. These Include: Carnival Games, Bags, Touch A Firetruck And Country Hay Rides!

Country Fest continues the time-honored traditions of the on-site pig roast. The feast will feature locally raised and locally procured pork, roasted on-site. You won’t want to miss this delicious meal served up with generous helpings of baked beans, potato salad, corn and fresh tomatoes.  Sweet treats will be available for purchase as well as beer from Tighthead Brewing Company, wine, water and soft drinks. Come savor these home-style country flavors under while listening to live music under the tent.

Did you know that more than a 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 Servers and Bartenders
  • Meal preparation in the kitchen
  • Children’s games and activities
  • Clean up/take down on Sunday, Aug. 11th 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sign-up after Mass in the narthex or click the button below to see available volunteer opportunities! (Link will be active on July 14th).

Your family or business can be a Country Fest sponsor and be an extra special part of the fun! There are many ways to contribute to help make this year’s Country Fest a big success.  Please view the Sponsor Levels below and if interested contact Howard Fischer at  hfischer@stmota.org

Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

  • Platinum “The Whole Hog Sponsor” – $1,000
  • Gold “The Ham Hock Sponsor” – $750
  • Silver “Baby Back Rib Sponsor” – $500
  • Bronze “Bacon Sponsor” – $250