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St. Mary's hosting spring celebration

On May 15 and 16, St. Mary's Cathedral, 604 Broadway, Fargo, will host its fifth annual Spring Celebration in its newly remodeled social hall. This year's theme is "Cruisin' thru the '50s."

Both days feature meals, booths, an outdoor carnival and a silent auction featuring gift baskets. Also the Cathedral has produced a cookbook, the first in more than 25 years, available for purchase at the celebration. This three-ring style cookbook features favorite recipes of the parishioners' as well as some of Bishop Samuel Aquila's and the Cathedral's priests; it also includes household hints and other information.

Weather permitting, the kid's carnival, featuring inflatable games from 8 Second Ride, and a variety of other games and activities, will be two days. The carnival starts at 10 a.m. both days and ends at 3 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Once again this year, the Knights of Columbus will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs at the carnival on Saturday.

Saturday's meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and features country fried chicken or maple glazed ham with all the trimmings. Saturday night features live entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. with the return of the 3 Pod-RAYS: Father Chad Wilhelm, rector of St. Mary's Cathedral; Father Joseph Christensen, parochial vicar; and Father Charles Fischer, priest-in-residence. This year the McMerty Sisters join the Pod-RAYS for some 50's fun. A live auction will be interspersed throughout the evening.

Sunday will continue the festivities with the raffle drawing, silent auction winners, Bingo and cake walk. Dinner will be burger baskets with desserts from Ye Ole Ice Cream Shoppe, starting at 11 a.m.

This is the largest fund-raiser of the year for the Cathedral, with proceeds going towards youth programs and other special projects.