St. Joseph’s Fourth of July Celebration Kicks Off Today

| July 4, 2019

LUCINDA, Pa. – St. Joseph’s 80th Annual 4th of July Celebration will be held July 4 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the parish grounds in Lucinda.

As a post-festival finale, St. Joseph’s Liberty 5K Run/Walk will take place on July 6 at 9:00 a.m. at the historic Lucinda Train Station and an 80th Anniversary Square Dance will also be held July 6 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall.

The schedule of events on July 4 is as follows:

10:00 a.m. – Dinner ticket sales will open.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Traditional all-you-can-eat chicken and ham dinners will be served, featuring homemade pie & soup with their famous homemade noodles. Takeouts will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Dinner prices are Adults: $9.00 Children 6 – 12: $4.50 Children under 6: Free. Nearly 2,000 dinners are served each year.


11:00 a.m. – Grounds will open featuring diverse games of skill and chance for adults and children, a concessions stand, extensive Chinese Auction, prize drawings, and children’s features. A cornerstone attraction are the handmade quilts with nearly 20 slated to be awarded throughout the day. A limited number will be available for purchase and three quilts will be featured in a silent auction. A preview of the quilts is available at

11:00 a.m. – Anam Cara, a band from the Clarion area, will kick off the day’s live entertainment on the main grounds featuring traditional Celtic and folk music; Sean Carey & The Transit Band of Oil City will perform a variety of classic hits, oldies, folk tunes and originals at the outdoor dining area.

11:30 a.m. – Called-number games will begin in the lower level of the social hall and will continue throughout the afternoon.

12:00 noon – The first of 3 larger-prize called-number games will be held in the lower level of the social hall; Singer/songwriter Connor Chapman of State College will play acoustic folk and soft rock music at the outdoor dining area.

12:30 p.m. – Keep Off The Grass, from West Sunbury, will begin the afternoon’s performances on the main grounds with traditional bluegrass music.

1:00 p.m. – Clarion duo Paper Punching Bag, featuring Jackson Danger and The Golden Boy, will entertain at the outdoor dining area with a jukebox variety of tunes from oldies to modern rock.

1:30 p.m. – The second of three larger-prize called-number games will be held in the lower level of the social hall; Scotty Greene will stroll the grounds cranking one of the old-time street organs from DeBence Antique Music World in Franklin.

2:00 p.m. – Redefined, an acoustic duo from Grove City, will conclude the day’s performances on the main grounds playing rock favorites spanning five decades.

3:30 p.m. – The last of three larger-prize called-number games will be held in the lower level of the social hall.

4:00 p.m. – Grand Prize drawing, worth over $10,000, will be held. Awards include a $5,000 cash prize, game system, gift certificates, other major cash awards, and a dual function grill.

In total, more than $40,000 in cash and prizes is to be awarded with the proceeds from the day’s events benefiting St. Joseph Catholic School, one of the oldest Catholic schools in the Erie Diocese.

The celebration will be held rain or shine on the canopy-covered parish grounds. The children’s playground is adjacent to the festivities and St. Joseph Church, erected in 1893, will be open to visitors. The parish complex is located at 112 Rectory Lane along Rt. 66 in Lucinda (I-80 Exit 60, Rt. 66 north 10 miles) and is a short drive from Cook Forest State Park. The grounds are handicap accessible. Parking areas surround the grounds and a parking shuttle will be available. Reserved parking spaces will be available for those who cannot attend the festival but want to purchase a carry-out dinner. For more information visit, Facebook @stjoseph4thofjuly or call 814-226-7288.

Liberty 5K and Dance Set for July 6th


Registration for the Liberty 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:30 am on July 6 at the restored train station. Now in its 6th year, the race will start nearby at 9 am on the Rail 66 Country Trail.

The run will be held rain or shine and entertainment will be provided by Absolute Clarion DJ Services. The Lucinda Train Station is located at 1040 Lander Drive in Lucinda and can be accessed via Maple Drive, which is the first left immediately following St. Joseph Church on Rt. 66 N. Pre-registration is encouraged and forms are available at, Facebook @stjoseph4thofjuly, or by calling 814-226-7288. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph School.

The 80th Anniversary Square Dance is a throwback to earlier festivals where a traditional square dance was held on festival night.

square roots dance

This year’s event on July 6 will begin with lessons at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m. Music will be provided by Square Root Band and proceeds benefit St. Joseph School.

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