by Dennis Dalman
People of all ages seemed to have a ball at the annual St. Stephen Fall Festival Sept. 7, Labor Day, on the grounds of St. Stephen Catholic Church.
The long-time annual festival has always been a fundraiser for the church, its programs and its charitable good deeds.
This year, as before, there were kiddie games, face-painting, a polka band, a rummage sale, sales of homegrown vegetables and baked items, bingo, an auction, a polka band and lots of burgers and fries.
The festival was blessed with sunny and warm late summer weather, with a cool breeze wafting throughout the day.
photo by Dennis Dalman Evan Bromenshenkel, 11, St. Stephen chows down on a Fall Fest Burger.
photo by Dennis Dalman A proud grandpa, Ray Vouk of St. Stephen, holds grandson Robert Vouk at the St. Stephen Fall Fast. Robert’s mother, Nancy, accompanied her son and father-in-law to the festival.
photo by Dennis Dalman People of all ages enjoy a game of bingo at the St. Stephen Fall Fest Sept 7, Labor Day.
photo by Dennis Dalman A mother, daughter and friend munch french fries on the steps of the St. Stephen Parish Hall during the annual Fall Fest Sept. 7. From left to right are Jonna Thomas, St. Cloud; Emma Rangel, 2, Sartell; and Jonna’s daughter, Alison, 13.
photo by Dennis Dalman Nancy Ferche, St. Stephen, slaps cheeseburgers together quickly and expertly at the St. Stephen Fall Fest Sept. 7.
photo by Dennis Dalman A member of the St. Stephen Catholic Parish grills hamburgers for a hungry crowd at the St. Stephen Fall Festival. Thousands of burgers, along with french fries, were enjoyed by festival-goers.
photo by Dennis Dalman Amy Meyer, Rice (left) and Amelia Kahlhamer, Avon, place french fries in serving containers at the St. Stephen Fall Festival Sept. 7.
photo by Dennis Dalman A girl takes a bouncy tumble down an inflatable during the St. Stephen Fall Fest Sept. 7 next to the Catholic church in the city.
photo by Dennis Dalman The ever-popular “Nail Pound” game of skill is enjoyed once again by contestants during the annual St. Stephen Fall Festival Sept. 7. The game involves pounding nails into a giant tree stump.
photo by Dennis Dalman Call of “Bingo!” could be heard in the summer air now and then during the annual St. Stephen Fall Fest Sept. 7.
photo by Dennis Dalman A crowd enjoys the oompa-oompa of a polka band at the St. Stephen Fall Fest Sept. 7.
photo by Dennis Dalman A far-out psychedelic-looking motorcycle stands among others in front of Trobec’s Bar during the St. Stephen Fall Festival Sept. 7.
photo by Dennis Dalman The later summer weather could not have been more perfect at the St. Stephen Fall Festival Sept. 7. Thousands from far and wide attended the annual event.