NEW BRITAIN – Carnival rides can already be seen in the areas surrounding Holy Cross Church.
Parishioners are preparing to bring back to the city 65 years of tradition at the annual Holy Cross Church Bazaar Carnival on Friday and Saturday.
“It’s a great tradition in the church,” said John Tully, co-chairman of the festival committee. “It brings together our church community to work together and we enjoy preparing for it and we enjoy inviting people on to the grounds.”
The carnival will take place at 221 Farmington Ave., rain or shine. On Friday, the celebrations start at 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 5 p.m. The event ends at 11 p.m. both nights.
“We’ll have great Polish food as always and wonderful rides,” Tully said.
The carnival rides, which are all set and ready to go, include Scramblers and a Ferris wheel, Tully said.
Parish members will cook the traditional Polish foods that will be sold at the bazaar. Foods like kielbasa, golumpki, pierogi and potato pancakes will be served during the event.
There will be a beer booth, homemade breads, babka, cakes and brownies, too.
The bazaar also includes two raffles.
A cash raffle will be drawn Saturday night at 11 p.m. and raffle tickets can be purchased each for $5.
“You can win up to $2,500,” Tully said.
But the big raffle prize will be a chance to win a 2019 BMW. Only 350 tickets are allowed to be sold for the BMW’s raffle.
“The worse shot you have even if we sold out is one out of 350,” Tully said. “And if we sell a little bit less than that obviously then you have even a better shot of winning a 2019 BMW. It would be right there on the grounds. People would be able to come and take a look at it, sit in it and imagine themselves driving away with it next week.”
Tickets are $200 each for the BMW raffle.
“We hold a social on Sunday that next day for the BMW draw,” Tully said. “If you bought a BMW ticket you are welcome to come in. We’ll have different kinds of foods in the reception.”
The reception starts at 4 p.m. and the drawing will take place at 5 p.m.
The church’s choir, which has a band, will be playing live music during both nights of the bazaar.
The proceeds collected at the bazaar will benefit the church.
“We just put in air conditioning for the summer,” Tully said. “We’ve been renovating the lower church. It’s an old church so there’s ongoing issues of maintenance that need to be kind of worked on all the time, just general upkeep and then special projects as we think about it as well. It provides a little extra. It allows us to do things that we might not have been able to do if we didn’t have the bazaar.”
To learn more about Holy Cross Church’s 65th Annual Bazaar Carnival, call 860-229-2011.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.