St. Monica Catholic Church is calling out the community, with the help of its celebrity parishioners and friends, to its 41st annual Octoberfair Friday, through Sunday, September 24th to 26th, on the church grounds, located at 725 California Ave., Santa Monica.
Admission is $2 per day.
The three-day family festival starts at 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 24th to 26th, and continues through about 11 p.m.
Attractions include bands, prizes, rides including a ferris wheel, a barbecue, clowns, a chili cook-off, bumper cars and a 5k walk-run.
The fair opens with a performance of blues and rock by The Jim Gibson Band and “Father Willie’s Chili Cook-Off.” Actress and parishioner Mimi Kennedy plans to enter her vegan chili in the contest.
The public can also enter and compete for the top chili prize.
Father Willie Raymond and Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson are scheduled to judge the chili contest.
Along with Kennedy, celebrity guests expected at Octoberfair include Olympians Gary Visconti and Randy Gardner. The two Olympians plan to kick off a 5k walk/run that will occur at 8:30 a.m. Saturday before the festival gates open.
Lou Ferrigno (bodybuilder and former star of the Incredible Hulk television series) plans to join in the Octoberfair games and activities with fair revelers on Sunday morning.
Also, Santa Monica Police Chief James T. Butts Jr. plans to attend the festival.
Irish rock band Hot Lips and Fingertips will be the closer of Friday night’s festivities.
Musical acts scheduled to perform on Saturday include Caroline Aiken at 11 a.m.; Rip Masters at 12:30 p.m.; Sidetrack at 2 p.m.; Mojo Monkeys at 3:30 p.m.; Mighty Mo Rodgers at 5:30 p.m.; Brotherhood at 7:30 p.m.; and Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday’s lineup of bands includes The Witcher Brothers at 11 a.m.; the Tim Peterson Singers at 1 p.m.; Mr. Gogia at 3 p.m.; Tom Franzak at 5 p.m.; and St. Monica’s choral group The Rainbow Riders at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, the raffle will conclude with a grand prize drawing to win a Chrysler PT Cruiser at 8:45 p.m. Second prize is a five night getaway vacation to Palm Springs, and third prize is $1,000 cash. Raffle tickets are $1.
Other prizes include VIP tickets to see Dorothy Hamill, Elvis Stojko, Rudy Galindo and others at the premier of a new ice skating show, Gala Legends on Ice. Winners will also get to meet the stars at a party aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Other activities and attractions at Octoberfair include a “Diaper Dash,” a petting zoo, stage shows and a boutique craft sale.
The annual gathering at St. Monica’s Catholic Church now called Octoberfair began in the mid-’60s as a one-day ice cream social and grew into a larger three-day event for families.
Proceeds from Octoberfair go to fund St. Monica’s private elementary and high school, parish ministries, outreach to the poor, as well as nonprofit groups unaffiliated with St. Monica Catholic Church, according to church officials.
Information, (310) 393-9287.