St. Francis Borgia Regional High School is gearing up to host its annual Boriga Fest featuring rides, food, game booths and music Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
Admission to the festival, held on the high school campus, is free.
Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 26, and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
“This is our fourth year for the event and it’s something we really look forward to,” said George Wingber-muehle, school president.
“We’ve added some new activities, including laser tag for all ages in the cafeteria, an Agri-Land for our younger visitors and an alumni Mass in the school theater that Saturday at 6:30 p.m.,” he said. “We’re also asking all of our former students to stop by the Alumni Association tent and receive a free T-shirt.”
The Alumni Association recently was formed.
Wingbermuehle said Borgia Fest is not about raising money, rather it’s a “friend-raiser” to bring alumni and their families, as well as the general community, to the school grounds.
“It’s a very family-oriented event, and just a great opportunity to meet up with friends,” he said. “All are welcome, whether you went to Borgia or not.”
Tours of the Catholic co-ed high school will be offered each day as well.
Wingbermuehle said there will be more than 15 carnival rides, along with game and food booths being sponsored by partner grade schools and parishes.
There is a charge for the carnival rides and tickets can be purchased in advance at a reduced cost by calling the high school at 636-239-7871, extension 197. Tickets also can be purchased at the event.
The Mr. Borgia Contest will again be held during the festival on Friday night in the school.
The live entertainment is free and will feature Borgia’s own Silent G band, that Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Wingbermuehle noted the band is comprised of current Borgia students, and has developed quite a following. Also on Friday will be Dick and Jane from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday’s lineup includes the Borgia Jazz Band from 2:30 to 4 p.m., followed by Schmitts & Grins from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sh-Boom from 7 to 11 p.m.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase both days. Food items include pulled pork, brats, hot dogs and barbecue hamburgers, as well as funnel cakes, kettle korn, Borgia cookies and Ted Drewes custard.
There will be nominal charges for some of the games, including laser tag. For more information on that event, people may call the high school. Other information is available at borgia.com and on the SFBRHS Facebook page.
Other activities being held in conjunction with Borgia Fest include the Melanoma for Mike walk and run, a three-on-three basketball tournament, and the Duane Haddox Memorial Three-on-Three Soccer Tournament, all on that Saturday morning.
The festival also has served as the site of class reunions in the past and this year is no exception. The Borgia Class of 2008 will gather for its five-year reunion that Saturday night.
A 2002 Jeep Wrangler and quilt will be raffled off during the event with the winners being announced at 10 p.m. Saturday. Winners do not need to be present to win.
Wingbermuehle said he expects big crowds if the weather cooperates.
“We’ve had some rain every year during this event, so we’re really hoping for sunny skies the whole time this year,” he said.