Just when you thought St. Elizabeth's Parish Picnic in Granite City couldn't get any bigger or better ... well, you ain't seen nuthin' yet.
Dennis Riggs, who has been chairman of the event for 25 years, has been working with an army of volunteers to bring even more family fun at affordable prices Friday through Sunday.
On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, food, drink and carnival ride prices will be rolled back to 1993 levels "in an effort to give back to the community and allow families that are struggling to still come to the picnic and not cost them a fortune," Riggs said.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs, fries, regular nachos and soda are $1 each. Carnival rides wristbands will be $20 from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (All-weekend wristbands are $65 pre-sale at the parish office; $75 at the picnic.)
Continuing the emphasis on family fun, first responders -- firefighters, police and sheriff's officers -- will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. And you won't want to miss mimes, a balloon artist, a stilt walker, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grizzlies mascot Cubbie, a caricature artist or an Illinois wildlife exhibit. The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales will be there from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.
A Golumpki (stuffed cabbage rolls) dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and an all-you-can-eat broasted chicken dinner is from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. A variety of other foom from Mexican to barbecue, blooming onions to chocolate dipped cheesecake will be sold on the grounds.
If it's music you're after, check out GTO (Good Time Oldies) from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday. On Saturday, Sounds of Bob Hogan are from 3 to 5 p.m., then Butch Wax & the Hollywoods take over from 7 to midnight. On Sunday, Michele & Scott Smith perform from noon to 5 p.m., followed by Well Hungarians from 6 to 10 p.m.
A silent auction in the cafeteria will include signed sports memorabilia and other authenticated merchandise. If you're game, try your hand at bingo each night, quarter and dime pitches, I Dood It, kids games and raffles.
If you're competitive juices are flowing, there are several events for you:
* 301 Dart Tournaments Friday and Saturday evenings (5:30 registration, 6 p.m. start)
* Royal 5K Run on Saturday (7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. start)
* Washer tournament Saturday and Sunday (11:30 a.m. registration; noon start)
* Mud volleyball tournmant Saturday and Sunday (11:30 a.m. registration; noon start)
* Granite City's Got Talent Show fron noon to 3 p.m. Saturday
Cash prizes are available for top three winners in darts and washer tournaments and talent show.
The parish is at 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City. For information, go to stegranitecity.org