From Suburban Journal
St. Elizabeth to hold annual parish picnic
Online auction and washer tournament part of event

By Michael Heil
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:14 AM CDT

All it is going to take is a flick of the wrist to earn cash at St. Elizabeth's annual parish picnic, which will be June 12-14. The picnic features carnival rides, bingo, kids games, a dime pitch, raffles, and food and drink.

"This year should another fun and successful three-day family event," said Keith Gehling, parish marketing advertiser.

"(The picnic) has become one of the premier picnics in the Metro East and is considered a homecoming that people look forward to each year. There is so much to do for all ages. It's just a great place to see old friends and make new ones," Gehling said.

Picnic organizers are holding an inaugural Royal 5K run at 8 a.m. June 13. The entry fee is $15 prior to the run.

For more information on the run, contact Amy Nesbit at 558-7546 or at

Among the most popular events at the picnic are the washers tournaments, said Gehling, parish marketing advertiser.

The tournaments get under way at noon June 13 and 14. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, third and fourth places.

The deadline to sign up is 11:30 a.m. the day of the competitions. Team entry fees are $25.

Contestants can also mail or drop off entry fees to Dennis Riggs at 27 Legacy Drive, Granite City, IL 62040. Make checks payable to St. Elizabeth Church. Call 931-2380 for more information.

Organizers are offering pre-sale weekend wristbands good for unlimited rides that are good for all three days at a cost of $60 per band. They are available at the parish office, 2300 Pontoon Road, until noon on June 12.

The parish office number is 877-3300.

Wristband purchases at the picnic will cost $70 per band.

Wristband matinee purchases are available for June 13 and June 14.

The cost for each day is $32. Matinees run from noon to 5 p.m. on both days.

Dinners offered during the picnic include:

- Fish fry, 4-7 p.m. June 12;

- Pigs 'n' blanket, 4-7 p.m. June 13;

- All-you-can-eat chicken dinner, noon to 6 p.m. June 14;

All dinners include dessert and drink and will be served in the air-conditioned cafeteria.

Bands performing at the picnic are:

- Angel Heart, from 7 p.m. to midnight June 12;

- Neon Cadillac, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 13;

- GTO, from 7 p.m. to midnight June 13;

- Buckshot, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 14;

- SH Boom, from 6 to 10 p.m. June 14.

Bingo will take place June 12-14 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria.

An online auction will run throughout the picnic, with winning items being awarded at the closing of each picnic day.

Anyone interest in the auction, can bid on an item by going to

The first parish picnic was held in 1981.

St. Elizabeth parish picnic schedule

June 12, 4 p.m. to midnight

June 13, noon to midnight

June 14, noon to 10 p.m.