Thursday, July 7, 2022

Coming Soon: Two Holy Martyrs' Family Fest Offers Four Days of Carnival Fun

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

After a pandemic-driven absence of two years, Two Holy Martyrs Parish’s Family Fest has returned.

The carnival is set for Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17 on parish grounds at 62nd and Austin. This is the event 27th year, and it is the parish’s largest and most important fundraiser.

Family Fest hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event will be paused briefly when the Rev. Bob Regan, pastor, celebrates an outdoor Mass (weather permitting) at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

Celebrating a Mass in the middle of festivities underscores the purpose of Family Fest, according to event co-chairs Tom DeRose and Ken Hilliard.

“This is all about families,” Hilliard said. “It’s about our parish families and families from the larger community. That’s why we’re having the Mass. That’s why we have worked to keep our prices affordable. That’s why our parish families and our school families are so involved in Family Fest.”

Admission is free, and the event will feature 16 carnival rides, games of skill and chance, and standard food fare like popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs and more.

Family Fest also features food booths from Taqueria la Ciudad, Strawberry Patch, Gaby’s Funnel Cakes, Tropical Sno, as well as a THM booth selling pizza and Italian beef from Barraco’s.

Bingo will be played each day in the air-conditioned I Hall. A “super bingo” with a grand prize of $500 is scheduled for Sunday.

Family Fest also includes a grand raffle with a grand prize of $10,000, as well as 19 other cash prizes. Grand raffle tickets are $20 each or six for $100. They may be purchased after weekend Masses or at Family Fest itself. Drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Winners need not be present.

Individual ride tickets will be sold at the carnival. Wristbands offering unlimited rides for all four days are on sale now for $50 each through July 10. Wristbands are on sale after weekend Masses or at the parish office, 6135 S. Austin. The price goes up to $60 when purchased from July 11-13. They are $70 each when purchased at Family Fest itself. Additionally, one-day wristbands will be sold for $35, each day of Family Fest.

Carnival rides will be free to people with special needs from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, when accompanied by parents or legal guardians.

Family Fest also features a live-entertainment lineup.

The rock cover band Sixteen Candles will take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The popular pop/rock group Maggie Speaks is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Boy Band Night, a ‘90s cover band, will take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Young people from Darla’s Dance Studio will perform from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday; and then Radio Gaga—a band performing covers of Lady Gaga and Queen songs—takes the stage from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information on Family Fest, call the THM Parish office at (773) 767-1523 or send an email to

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