St. James Catholic School wraps up 41st Annual Fall Festival

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - St. James Catholic school held its annual fall festival and more than 1,000 people attended. The weekend long event offered activities for the entire family. Organizers said the yearly event is the school's biggest fundraiser, and is also one of the school's most entertaining weekends of the year.

Just outside the St. James Parish Center children were busy having fun at St. James Catholic School's Annual Fall Festival.

"I like this event because it's family friendly and good for little children," said attendee Kylie Herron.

This is the 41st year the festival has been held. And since its inception, organizers said the event has had a growing number of regulars.

"It's a tradition for families year after year. Families that have grown up through the schools and through the church come back and end up taking on a booth and sponsoring a booth and working it," organizer Todd Ladner said.

"Ever since fourth grade really. And like it's just a bunch of people having fun and like doing a bunch of stuff," attendee Haley Owens said.

On the festival grounds parents, family, faculty and church members ran or sponsored the booths which offered a variety of food options. Food is something Ladner said adds to the allure of the event.

"Families like to come out and get to experience real good food of course. We had a new tradition this year we added the St. James wings," Ladner said.

"The food is very good, especially the wings. I liked pizza and hot dogs and hamburgers," attendees Isabelle and Olivia Leatherman said.

Another plus to the event--the entertaining activities.

"I did the bungee jump. I went in jail and I did the cake walk and won a cake," attendee Blake Bratton said.

Organizers said one of the most popular attractions were the human hamster balls and the jail game. The money raised from all the fun event will go towards St. James Catholic School.

Organizers said its too soon to tell what they'll make off this event, but they remain optimistic.
Typically they said they raise anywhere from $90,000 to $115,000.

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