St. Gregory's School in Maryville will host its annual Family Fun Fest from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, which also serves as school's campus.
The event is open to the public and includes games, inflatables, face painting, carnival food, prizes and raffles.
"I love the Family Fun Fest because our students look forward to it each year," Principal Susan Martin said. "It is such a wonderful family event, not just for our school and parish but for the entire Maryville community to enjoy."
In 2011, the Fun Fest got a boost from Northwest Missouri State University student athletes, who helped supervise games. Event co-chair Kelly Quinlin said Bearcats team members will return this year.
"The kids and the student athletes loved it," Quinlin said. "It gives Northwest athletes a chance to help out in their adopted community and allows fans to spend time with them away from the game-day atmosphere."
The Fun Fest, which the school has hosted for almost two decades, raises between $9,000 to $12,000 annually, Martin said. The money supplements the school's operating budget and also goes for "big ticket items" at St. Greg's, which has an enrollment of 165 students in pre-school through eighth grade.
In the past, Fun Fest Proceeds have helped the parochial school acquire computers, electronic whiteboards and playground equipment. Most recently, carnival-generated funds were used to buy a $20,000 technology-based reading series.
"We are very blessed to receive such great support through donations from local businesses to help with Fun Fest and from those in the community who choose to spend the afternoon with us," Martin said.
Wrist bands for unlimited inflatable play will be on sale at the event for $10. Game tickets cost 50 cents each.
More than $650 in gift cards will be raffled off, including a $200 card from Hy-Vee, a $100 card from Cabela's and a $100 card from Walmart. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5.
"The Fun Fest is our largest fundraiser of the year, and it's a great way to enjoy end-of-the-summer fun and fellowship with friends and family," Quinlin said.