St. Joan of Arc Parish hosted a festival and its first annual 5K run June 21 to celebrate 50 years of service to Streetsboro. The church was built in 1987.
About 200 people ran in the 5K. Winning the men's overall race was Curt Bachus, and the women's overall winner was Tori Chilling.
The festival included a dunk tank featuring and Larry Hoffman, the church's maintenance man, Director of Faith Formation Rick Squier, the Rev. Fr. Pat Ferraro and surprise guest Mayor Glenn Broska.
"It was absolutely fantastic," Ferraro said of the race and festival. "Everybody that I spoke with thought it was wonderful. It was very family-oriented."
Other activities included a doughnut-eating contest sponsored by Dunkin' Doughnuts and a pizza-eating contest sponsored by Blasiole's Pizza. Jason Allan hosted a magic show, and a Streetsboro fire truck was on display.
Among all the festivities and events, Ferraro said the closing mass held in the pavilion was the highlight of the day. During the ceremony, John and Aggie Crock renewed their wedding vows.
The church installed a new alter and crucifix along with other renovations during its 40th anniversary, but during the parish's 50th anniversary year, it will look outward.
"We're actually going to do outreach instead of doing stuff here," Ferraro said. "We're going to reach out into the community as a whole. We're going to try to do something for the benefit of the community itself."
The parish is in the process of renovating a house for a homeless family, he said.
Because attendees were pleased with the festival's outcome and safe environment for children, the event was a hit. Another festival may be planned next year, Ferraro said.
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