By Bonnie Mentel
Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon is holding its annual Novemberfest from Wednesday, November 18 to Sunday, November 22. It is a five-day celebration full of carnival rides, food booths, music and fun. Admission and parking is free. The festival will feature close to 30 rides with crowd favorites such as the Ferris Wheel, Moonraker and Drop Zone returning again this year.
“It will be a lot of fun for families with great carnival rides and we’ve got a lot of food booths, games, raffles with prizes, and a lot of great bands. There will be dance studios, high school choirs and local country bands. They’ve all played at our event before and we’re glad to have them back. They’re a big hit here with our crowd. It’s a big event; the third largest in Hillsborough,” said Rob Martin, finance and operations director at Nativity.
This year’s special musical entertainment includes: Southern Train (Thursday, November 19), Soul Circus Cowboys (Friday, November 20), and The John Rhey Band (Saturday, November 21).
Nativity students and parents will be selling discounted armband vouchers and food tickets.
“We have advance sales going on right now through Sunday, November 15. If you buy a wristband from a student you’ll save $8. They’re (normally) $17. You get unlimited rides all day. There’s also $1 off food vouchers. For $9, you get $10 of food vouchers,” said Martin.
A single armband is $17 in advance or $25 on the grounds. Food tickets are $9 in advance and $10 on the grounds.
Novemberfest is Nativity’s largest parish fundraiser and proceeds benefit the school.
“We want everyone in the community to know that all the proceeds go to benefit the youth of the parish and youth ministries. We put it all back into the young folks at our church,” Martin said.
The event is run solely by volunteers and over 1,000 volunteers will be on hand to make this year’s festival a success. To purchase armbands and food tickets online, visit www.novemberfest15. eventbrite.com. It is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.