Project Description

63rd Annual Saint Dennis Festival

July 26, 27 & 28, 2019


Join us at the Saint Dennis Festival – there is fun for all ages! Games and activities for the kids, inflatable obstacle course, flea market, book tent, free live entertainment every day, 5-K run/walk, bingo, beer tent, outdoor mass, and our famous beef dinner on Sunday.

5K Run/Walk The 26th annual Festival 5K Run/Walk is in the books. A huge thank you to the following 2019 sponsors: Princeton Club, Metal Roofing Systems (Jack Gugger), Putnam Roby Communications (Paula Gilbeck-Westphal), Allstate Insurance (Scott Feit), and Thompson Communications (Michelle Thompson). This year’s overall male winner was Ole FG Olsen with a time of 16:19, and overall female winner was Heather Curnutt, with a time of 20:41. While overall numbers were slightly down, the energy and enthusiasm were at an all time high. A huge shout-out to our faithful volunteers. See you next year!

5K Results

Raffle Gotta get in it to win it! First prize is $10,000 cash. Raffle tickets are available in the Parish Office up until the drawing on August 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

2019 Raffle Winners
Video – Drawing 1st Prize Ticket
Video – Announcing 1st Prize Winning Ticket

Outdoor Mass Sunday 10:00 am Bishop Hying will be celebrating with us at our outdoor Mass at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 28th. Come early! An awesome line-up of praise and worship music begins at 9:15 am. We’re expecting a large group so please bring a lawn chair if possible.

Saint Dennis Parish Festival


Beer/Food tent: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bingo: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in air conditioned Parish Center

Live Entertainment

Family Tent: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Bob Klinger Polka Band
Main Stage/Beer Tent: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Retro Specz

5K Run/Walk: 9:00 am start. Registration at 8:00 am
Flea Market: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Book Tent: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Games for all ages: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Bingo: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm in air-conditioned Parish Center
Mass: 4:00 pm

Live Entertainment

Family Tent: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Soggy Prairie Band
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Keepers
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Just Chillin’

Main Stage/Beer Tent: 8:00 pm – Midnight Universal Sound

Mass in the church: 7:30 am
Outdoor Mass: 10:00 am
Flea Market: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Book tent: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
All You Can Eat Family Style Beef Dinner (carryouts available): 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Games for all ages: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bingo: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in air conditioned Parish Center

Live Entertainment

Family Tent: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Mad City Jug Band
Main Stage/Beer Tent: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Wheelhouse


Thank you to our Festival Entertainment sponsors! To become a sponsor and have your name/business featured throughout the Festival, please contact Ann Pitz at (608) 770-8487.


The Festival is Saint Dennis’ largest fundraiser for the year. We really need your help selling raffle tickets and volunteering at the Festival. We have many areas that need volunteers. Volunteer questions can be directed to Chris Vroman at (608) 316-2779. Also, feel free to stop by the Game Ticket Booth or the Raffle Booth on Festival weekend to find out where you can help.

Chris and John Vroman (608) 316-2779
Ann Pitz (608) 770-8487
Darla and Brian Stachowiak (608) 212-8724
Diane and Mark Fremgen (920) 203-2591
Erin and Steven Theisen (608) 334-2868

To contact the Festival Chairs or for more information, email

Requests For Festival Weekend

Raffle Tickets

All of the prizes are cash again this year with the top five cash prizes being $1,000, $1,500, $2,500, $3,000 and the grand prize of $10,000. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Please sell your tickets and reserve the weekend of July 26-28 so that you can participate fully in the fun of the Saint Dennis Festival! And, mark your calendars for the raffle drawing which will be held August 13 at 7:00 pm!

Contacts are Diane and Mark Fremgen (920) 203-2591.

Prizes & Games

Lots of small metal jar rings are needed for the pop toss. Please drop off 1 week in advance to Fellowship Hall or anytime during the Festival.

Contacts are Reinette Griswold (608) 220-8388 and Mary Saba (608) 764-8714.

Beef Dinner

Each family is requested to bring two fruit pies for dinner (or $5 in advance toward the cost of purchasing). Fruit Pies only – please no cream, meringue, pumpkin pies or cheesecake. Please label if it contains nuts/peanuts. Desserts should be brought to the cafeteria on Saturday or no later than 10:30 am on Sunday. Families not bringing desserts are asked to contribute $5.00 toward the dinner expense. This money should be brought to the Personnel Office in the School on either Saturday or Sunday. We are also looking for your fresh cut garden flowers for dinner table centerpieces. Please bring on Saturday at 11:00 am. Adults are $11.00, Seniors are $9.00, Children are $6.00.

Contacts are Dorothy Ewing (608) 516-0106 and Peggy Kiefer (608) 206-0855.

Delivery Reservation Form
Saint Dennis Parish Festival

Sweet Tooth Booth

We need homemade candies (fudges, divinity, seafoam, etc.) and baked goods, such as – cakes (including coffee cakes and cupcakes), cookies/bars, breads (nuts, banana, zucchini, etc.) and muffins are all good sellers. Gluten free items are becoming popular. Please label and wrap all items. Donations should be cut into individual servings when brought to Saint Dennis. Donators can feel free to portion, package and wrap items; or the Sweet Tooth Booth can package them. Extra trays and containers are eeded. Please bring donations to Fellowship Hall on Saturday (8:00 am – 5:15 pm) or Sunday as early as possible.

Cake Walk

We need all sizes and varieties of cakes (or 12 cupcakes to equal one cake). Please cover them and deliver in disposable (non-returnable) containers. Families with last names starting with A through L should bring cakes on Saturday before 1:00 pm to Room 160 of the school. Families with last names starting with M through Z should bring cakes on Sunday before 1:00 pm to Room 160 of the school.

Chairperson position is open. Would you like to volunteer? Contact Chris Vroman (608) 316-2779.

Cookie Monster

Home-baked, 4-inch cookies such as chocolate chip, M&M, peanut butter or sugar are needed. Individually wrap them in plastic and drop off in Room 160 of the school by noon on Saturday or Sunday.

Chairperson position is open. Would you like to volunteer? Contact Chris Vroman (608) 316-2779.

Saint Dennis Parish Festival

Festival Food/Refreshment Stand

Contacts are Rachel Mohrmann (608) 698-1225 and Matt Beisser (608) 332-5985.

Treasure Chest

We need children’s prizes. Please bring at least five prizes suitable for girls and at least five more for boys. These inexpensive items (50-cent value, generally) need not be new, but they should be suitable for prizes (no McDonald toys, sparklers or edible items). All should be wrapped and marked “boy” or “girl” and delivered anytime to Fellowship Hall.


Any type of handicraft is appreciated. Popular items are towels, art/craft projects, doll clothes, aprons, pillowcases, potholders, bibs, ceramics, etc. Any new ideas will be welcome. Potted plants will also be accepted. We challenge each family to show their talents and bring at least one item; however, the more the better. Please bring to the booth in Fellowship Hall by 12:00 noon on Friday.

Chairperson position is open. Would you like to volunteer? Contact Chris Vroman (608) 316-2779.

Flea Market

This very special garage sale needs your donations of good, gently used household items: small appliances, furniture, tools, lawn & garden utensils, sports equipment, toys, games, knick knacks, cooking utensils, housewares, jewelry, etc. PLEASE do NOT bring any computer or computer components, clothing, paint/petroleum products, washers/ dryers, large kitchen appliances, TVs, sinks, toilets, fluorescent lighting/tubes or broken items! Donations will be accepted from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on the following Thursday evenings: June 13, 20 & 29 and July 11 & 18. Drop off your items at the north door of the School (by Father’s house). Look for the signs. All large items/furniture should be dropped off on Friday, July 28. We don’t have a lot of room to store these prior to the festival.

Co-chair is Mary Charnitz (608) 957-6761. Looking for 2nd co-chair. Would you like to help out? Contact Mary.

Used Book Tent

We can use both hardbacks and paperbacks in all subject areas. Pre-recorded videotapes, encyclopedias, and textbooks are not accepted.. Cookbooks, mysteries, science fiction, comics, children’s books, history, literature and romances are all popular, but everything is welcome and more is better. If it is inconvenient for you to bring them to the church/school prior to or on the Saturday of the Festival, or you don’t want to store them that long, please contact the event chairperson, Wendy Moran. Perhaps a pick-up can be arranged. Please be generous in your donations. There can never be too many books. Books you wish to donate for the book tent can also be dropped off at the same times and location that are listed for the flea market.

Contacts are Wendy Moran (608) 213-0263 and Sue Dorst (608) 249-0144.