Food, fun and music highlight 16th St. John Bosco International Festival: Sun Postings

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Experience the 16th annual St. John Bosco International Festival, which is in full swing after a year-long hiatus imposed by the pandemic.

The event takes place Thursday through Sunday (August 12-15) at the parish grounds, 6480 Pearl Road, Parma Heights. The festival’s opening hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The casino will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, and Ace Molar will perform from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that evening.

The casino’s hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, with Cavalieri Reale performing from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. that evening. The Lite the Nite Pyrotechnics fireworks, sponsored by KPM Ltd., will take place at dusk.

The casino will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, with The Soul Men – a Blues Brothers tribute band – performing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The program for the last day of the festival, Sunday, includes casino hours from noon to 8 p.m., the New Barleycorn show from 2 to 5 p.m. and TWIST! performance from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The main draw for the raffle grand prize will take place at 9 p.m.

There will be music, food, a casino and bingo every day of the festival. There will also be a cornhole tournament each day. The games will be played at the main entrance to the church and in the grassy area between the entrance and exit to the aisle. In case of rain, the games will move to the gymnasium at the back of the school building.

The cost of the cornhole is $ 50 per team. There will be cash prizes. For more information, call 216-633-2067. All players must have an American Cornhole League profile. Register for a profile on

Reverend Matthew Byrne, who was recently installed as pastor of St. John Bosco, said he was excited about the festival, his first as a pastor. He learned in the winter of 2020 that he had been assigned to the parish, but the pandemic struck soon after and the activities of the parish were suspended.

“We’re late for a big party,” he told parishioners, “so plan to go out and enjoy the fun. “

Food Truck Evening: The Independence Historical Society will host the last Food Truck Night of the season from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Historic Hall, 6675 Brecksville Road, Independence. The Off the Griddle food truck will be on hand to serve a variety of tacos, flatbreads and salads for purchase.

Honor of the hometown: Kudos to Mitch O’Hara on being named the August Resident of the Month at the Seven Hills Hall of Fame.

He and his fiancee, Georgia Kostyack, moved into his grandfather’s house in 2017. He said they enjoyed walking around town with their dogs.

O’Hara sits on the Seven Hills Parks Committee. Previously he worked for the city parks department through the recreation center.

A graduate of St. Edward High School, O’Hara was a member of two Eagles State Championship football teams. He played inside linebacker and was a two-time team captain. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

He graduated magna cum laude in May from Mount Union University, where he also played football. O’Hara graduated in Exercise Science, with a triple minor in Neuroscience, Biology and Chemistry. He was a member of several university clubs and served as a science tutor.

While at Mount Union, his accomplishments include starting all 15 games as a freshman, winning a national championship, team leader in tackles, runner-up, Academy All -Conference, Academic All-Conference Second Team, Soccer Team Captain, Lamb Award Winner Clyde and Academic All American.

O’Hara is doing medical research at Northeast Ohio Medical University and is considering attending medical school.

“Being a part of the Seven Hills community has been great so far, and Georgia and I look forward to raising our family in this wonderful city after our wedding in October,” he said.

Eagle Project: Stearns Homestead is the beneficiary of an ongoing project by Wyatt Snyder, a local scout who has chosen the farm as the site for his Eagle Scout project.

Wyatt has been busy installing fence posts and placing rails and will soon be installing a gate as part of a project to divide the alpaca pasture.

Wyatt is a member of BSA Troop 652 in Brecksville.

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Darcy J. Skinner

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