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06/04/05

Seafood Festival Continues Tradition Of Service

Hundreds of people gathered on the grounds of St. Paul Catholic Church in Pass Christian for the annual seafood festival, which we found offers more than just seafood.

"It's a really, really good thing for everybody. All the kids get to come out and have a good time so," said Justin Krankey.

Kids and kids at heart took advantage of a warm, sunny day by hopping on carnival rides, browsing through beautiful displays of crafts, or simply building a collection of art that is a little hard to describe.

"It got black sticks, jellyfish in it," said five year old Gabriella Scardino, describing her newly purchased necklace.

There is something at the festival for everyone. But this festival is not all about fun and games.

This annual three-day event raises money for St. Paul Catholic Elementary School, helping students to continue a more than 120 year tradition.

"It goes actually to the operation of the school. This helps keep the school doors open, and it also helps to keep our tuition at an affordable level for our parents," said Father Dennis Carver.

Father Dennis says he is proud that for 29 years, the community has come together to support St. Paul, which currently provides education to 160 students.

He believes this festival helps to continue a tradition of providing quality education to the community - a community that obviously does not mind giving back to a school that has done so much for it.

"St. Paul is a very important school to us. We're second generation. All of our family goes there. Our cousins, brothers, everyone, and it's a small close knit school." A school they hope will be around for years to come," said parent Christie Logan.

The festival fun will continue Saturday until midnight...and it will begin again Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

By Karla Redditte

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