Catholic Community Charity Fair begins Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2003

The Ironton Catholic Schools' Charity Fair will kick off this weekend.

From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., local rock band "The Fugitives" will play on Monte Carlo Night at the Knights of Columbus hall. While previously only for St. Joseph High School alumni, it is now open to the public.

On Saturday, the fair will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. with several attractions such as food and games for children. Local bluegrass band Boss Tweed will play at 8 p.m.

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Sunday, the fair will offer a 10 a.m. breakfast, which is new for this year. Local country singer Lee McCormack will perform at 8 p.m.

On Monday, the food and craft vendors will be open for those watching the Memorial Day parade.

"It's always a major community effort," Sissy Clyse, co-development director for St. Joseph said. "Parents, students, grandparents and some people that haven't went to the school and members of the Catholic community participate."

The event is especially practical for people with small children because it is low-keyed, and it is a nice beginning for summer and a time to see old friends, Clyse said.

The fair is the largest fund raiser for the schools, which helps offset tuition.

Clyse is also anticipating the breakfast in which community development manager for the Ironton-Lawrence County CAO will be preparing rolls.

"He makes fabulous rolls," she said.