This year’s Autumn Daze at St. Helena Church at 3204 East 43rd St. kicked off with a bang on Friday night, Sept. 14. The Carbone’s fireworks at 10 p.m. were coordinated by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics.
On Saturday, the festival is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday’s hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday features seven bands (including Southwest High School and the St. Paul Police Band), classic cars, and other floats. Anyone who would like to dress up in a costume, decorate a vehicle or bicycle, or dress up a pet is welcome to join the parade. Prizes will be awarded immediately following the parade for best vehicle, best costume and best in show. New this year will be the honoring of veterans. Longtime Autumn Daze volunteer, Ann Gibney, is the grand marshal for this year’s parade.
At the church, enjoy a carnival with rides and kids games, lots of food booths, and various raffles in the parking lot. Find quilt bingo and the book sale inside the St. Helena school building.
There’s a whole day of free musical entertainment on Saturday:
• 11:30 a.m. Greg Traxler and the “New Distractions”
• 12:30 p.m. Peter Sappanos Trio
• 2:45 p.m. Lex/Ham Community Band
• 3:30 -5 p.m. Quiet stage during mass
• 5 p.m. Pianist Jacob Adams
• 7 p.m. Pearl Brothers with music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today
On Sunday, watch the Vikings vs. Indianpolis Colts game on a wide-screen under the big tent beginning at noon. Get the chance to win a package of four tickets for the Sept. 23 Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers; raffle tickets are just $5 for these Vikings tickets valued at $137 each (Gate B, section 107, row 25).
Also on Sunday:
• Silent auction at 2:45 p.m.
• Live auction at 3:15 p.m.
• Drawings for all prizes at 5 p.m.
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