By Michelle Colesanti

novemberfest2014Since 1969, Nativity Catholic Church has provided the Brandon community with a great way to spend time with family and friends in a local and family-friendly environment. Now celebrating 45 years, Novemberfest promises to continue this tradition with five days and nights of thrilling rides and entertainment.

Belle City Amusements will supply great rides on The Midway. The premier ride this year is the Moonraker. Hang on tight as this ride takes riders to heights over 70 ft. This giant spinning disc ride will take guests to angles up to 90 degrees at an exhilarating speed combined with oscillating action.

Julie Tipton, principal of Nativity Catholic School, said, “Novemberfest is five jam-packed days of incredible food, a wide variety of entertainment, rides for all ages, games, and much more. This year will feature new thrill rides and a Turkey Trot Color Run/Walk on Saturday, November 22.”

On Friday, November 21 at 8:30 p.m. the Tampa-based Soul Circus Cowboys will perform. Early on Saturday, November 22 the Turkey Trot Color Run will begin at 8 a.m. Check in begins at 7 a.m. Early registration costs $25 for ages 13 and up and up and $15 for children ages 6-12 years old. After Tuesday, October 28 it is $35 per adult and $20 per child. Visit www.eventbrite .com/e/turkey-trot-fun-run-7th-annual-5k-run1mile-walk-nov-22-2014-tickets 13218357463? aff=es2&rank=3.

Later that evening at 8:30 p.m. enjoy some Jimmy Buffet style music from the  LandSharks Band.

Sunday, November 23 is Nativity Alumni Homecoming and Novemberfest Idol Finals. At 8 p.m. enjoy some country music with the Lakeland based John Rhey Band.

On Thursday, November 20, there will be an open mic audition for anyone who would like to compete in this year’s Novemberfest Idol. Sign ups will begin at 4:30 p.m. and performances at 5:30 p.m.  The first 20 contestants to sign up will be accepted. The audition will be a cappella.

The Novemberfest Idol contest will begin on Friday, November 21 and run through Sunday, November 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. each night.

To buy advanced armband ride tickets and food ticket sheet vouchers, visit www.novemberfest2014.eventbrite.com.

Novemberfest Hours of Operation:

-Wednesday, November 19:  5-8 p.m.

Kick-Off Dinner by Formaggio’s

-Thursday, November 20: 4-10 p.m.

-Friday, November 21: 4-10 p.m.

-Saturday, November 22: 11 a.m.-12 Midnight

-Sunday, November 23: 12 Noon-10 p.m.

-Monday, November 24: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Family Fun & Military Appreciation Day