Sacred Heart Parish will hold its annual Parish Picnic on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, on the school grounds located at the corner of Fayette and Henrietta streets in Effingham.

The “Shamrock Race for the Cross” kicks off the weekend festivities on Saturday morning, June 22. On-site registration for the 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk takes place at 7 a.m., with the races starting promptly at 7:30 a.m. Strollers and dogs are allowed in the Fun Run/Walk only. Awards will be given for the top female and male finishers in eight age brackets. Free refreshments will be available following the races.

The picnic grounds will be open on Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from noon-11 p.m. Picnic features include live entertainment throughout the weekend, Chicken and Ham Dinner served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday in the air-conditioned Sacred Heart Parish Center, and a live auction at 6 p.m. on Saturday, featuring new items donated by local businesses, parishioners and school families, including an Apple Watch, sports/entertainment tickets and packages, new furniture, hotel pool party, electronics, and more than 75 additional items. Arrive early to get your bidding paddle. Auction items listed online at sheff.org.

The Sacred Heart Church Picnic will be filled with an array of games and activities for the entire family, including Bingo, Plinko, Basketball Toss, Cake Walk, Duck Pond, Sports Challenges, Sling Shot, and many more. Carnival rides will be available for the small children, as well as the thrill seekers. Cost is $2 per ticket or $20 for an armband with unlimited one-day rides. Specialty stands include the Flea Market, Fancy Works, Mystery Boxes, and a Beer/Wine Garden.

Live music will feature the following bands: Saturday, June 22, Abby Dietzen, 8:30-10 p.m.; Sunday, June 23, Firebox Bluegrass Band, 3-5 p.m., FACE Orchestra, 5:30 p.m., and Cumberland Divide, 6:30-8 p.m.

The picnic includes both a Big Raffle and a Junior Raffle. Big Raffle Grand Prize is winner’s choice of 2019 Harley-Davidson Slim, 2019 Chevy Sonic LT, 2019 Keystone Passport 186LHS or $15,000 cash, plus 25 additional prizes. Junior Raffle prizes feature a Chromebook laptop, American Girl doll, Swing scooter, youth sports system, Cardinal tickets, Fox Theater tickets, cash, bicycle, acoustic guitar, and much more. Big Raffle tickets may be purchased online at www.sheff.org, or from parishioners before the picnic or during the picnic at the Raffle Stands. Drawings will be held on Sunday at approximately 10 p.m.

For more information, phone Sacred Heart Parish Office at 217-347-7177 or visit www.sheff.org.

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