TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – From delicious food to endless entertainment, everyone has a favorite part of the OLPH Festival.
“I like all the rides and the prizes you can win because when you win you can get a prize,” said 9-year-old Skyi Saxton.
“A lot of people come from different places around—Oregon, Maumee, Toledo. I think that’s neat,” added Toledo resident Leona Jones.
Every year for 23 years the annual tradition has popped up on the grounds Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Toledo.
At the end of this weekend it will all come to an end.
“It is sort of sad to see if going away, but I think we also have put in a really good 23 years for the community,” said OLPH chairman Casey Cook.
Like many parish festivals the success of it all depends on the help of volunteers.
With church attendance dwindling year after year organizers say it has been hard to find help.
“As the parish has gotten a little smaller over the years, the festival has not,” said Cook. “So it actually translates into a lot less people having to do a lot more work.”
As parishioners celebrate 100 years in the community leaders plan to send the festival out on a high-note with Toledo-themed events all weekend long.
“We’ll be having the Mud Hens mascots, UT, Walleye, Imagination Station, the zoo will be here and the Toledo Symphony,” said Cook. “So we’re very excite about that.”
While its going away is sad news for loyal festival-goers, organizers say they’re already planning other ways to bring the community together.
“Stay tuned because we already have other good things on the horizon,” said Cook.