The annual St. Louis Parish Festival in Dyckesville is scheduled from 11 a.m. until late in the afternoon July 28 and offers an array of events, many of them rooted in the church's Belgian heritage.
The festival will begin with a parade and feature tasty food and beverages, the Bobby Rivers Band, an antique tractor and car show, a raffle, "basket mania," Civil War exhibit, white elephant sale, farmers market and bake sale.
The parade will kick off the event starting at 11 a.m. at Rock Falls Road (just south of Dyckesville) and County DK, continuing north on DK to Town Line Road and ending at the Church. It will feature floats by local merchants and organizations. There is no entry fee; to participate call Jim Marach (920) 866-9923 or Brad Tanck (920) 866-2989.
Belgian food is always a highlight at this event. The festival will feature Jake Smith's secret recipe booyah. It will also serve Belgian trippe, Belgian pies (by the slice or full pie), hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, desserts, soda and beer.
The Bobby Rivers Band will provide live music from noon to 4 p.m., featuring "golden oldies" from the 1950s and '60s. Rivers has opened for such entertainers as Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Herman's Hermits, The Buckinghams and Vic Ferrari.
This year an antique tractor section will be added to the antique car show.
"In a farm community like Dyckesville, the addition of the tractors is going to draw a lot of interest," said Roy Stumpf, show organizer, "As a matter of fact, one of our parishioners, Ken Deprey, will be displaying some of his antique Olivers."
Raffle coordinators Joe and Carla Raisleger said they are excited to have increased the first prize to $1,000. Winners of the raffle will be awarded at a drawing at 4 p.m. (no need to be present to win) as follows: first prize, $1,000; second prize, $500; third prize, $250 and fourth-sixth prizes, $100 each.
Always a popular item at the festival, the "basket mania" raffle will be back. Joey Joski, basket mania coordinator, said there will be dozens of baskets with "lots of great stuff."
New to the event this year is a Civil War display provided by parishioner Don Erickson. Highlight of the exhibit is a collection of about 50 of Erickson's Civil War axes. He also will show models of two Appalachian barns from the 1850s.
There will be several children's games, including a bounce house, face painting and tattoos. The games will be coordinated by April and Jeremy Pingel.
A white elephant sale and book fair coordinated by Theresa Dequaine will be located in the social hall.
The new co-chairs of the festival are Tammy and Todd Hermans.
"We are excited to be a part of organizing and planning this fun event," said Tammy Hermans.