Fall Festival


Fall Festival 2016 is Saturday, Sept. 17

Volunteers are needed.  Sign up here

New this year! Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk. Online Registration closed - register before the event - 9:30 a.m Saturday.

The annual Fall Festival is our big kick-off to the ministry and school year at Holy Name of Jesus.  Join us as we celebrate our community with entertainment, delicious food, activities for all ages and good friends.

Fall Festival has become an almost 24-hour event, starting with an outdoor movie night on Friday, the new Turtle Trot 5K Saturday morning, and then the much-anticipated festival Saturday evening.  Mark your calendar and join us for each of these events.

Many of your questions about Fall Fest will be answered below.  However, make sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.  Use hashtag #HNOJFallFest.

Fall Fest is run by volunteers, funded by sponsors and donations

Many dedicated individuals, families, ministries and businesses working together make HNOJ Fall Festival a memorable and fun event each year.  Here is how you can get involved:

  • Spread the word:  Join the conversation by using #HNOJFallFest on Facebook and Twitter to share your memories and what you are looking forward to.  Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join us!
  • Volunteers are needed to set up Friday or Saturday, sell tickets, be part of the stage crew, operate the dragon train, run kid’s games, sell beverages and clean-up.  Sign-up online or contact Michele Kirchoff at mkirchoff@hnoj.org or call 763-473-7901 x120.
  • Fall Fest sponsorship:  Contact Deacon Dennis at 763-473-7901 for more information about how you or your business can support Fall Fest through corporate sponsorship.  Or see box at right for more details as well.  Scroll to the bottom of the screen to support last years sponsors.
  • Country Market donations: The Country Market, organized by the Knights of Columbus Auxilliary accepts donations of garden produce, garden products (jams, jellies, etc.) and baked goods to stock the market.  They are also looking for themed baskets from each ministry.  All donations can be brought to the Country Market booth on the morning of Fall Fest.  Please contact Beth Dust at 636-697-6124 or bedust@msn.com with any questions.

Movie Night – Friday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.

FREE showing family-friendly McFarland USA outdoors on our big screen!  Rain or shine, chairs provided.  Bring your family and a blanket. Snacks available for purchase. Arrive early to this popular event.

Preview the movie at http://movies.disney.com/mcfarland-usa.

Turtle Trot 5K – Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. start

Join us for HNOJ’s first ever fun run through the adjacent neighborhood.  The Turtle Trot 5K will start at HNOJ’s driveway, continue through the adjacent neighborhood, and end back at the starting point.  Participants will not need to cross any busy streets! 

Family friendly, invite the kids and the neighbors!  Bring your strollers, but no pets, skateboards, bikes etc.  If you are a student of HNOJ School your teachers will be on hand to cheer you on and help out. 

The registration fee is $20 per child, $40 per adult until Aug. 31.  Prices increase $5 per person Sept. 1.  Registering by Aug. 31 will also ensure a t-shirt in your requested size.  Also adults who register by Aug. 31 and volunteer at Fall Fest, are eligible for a $10 discount.  All proceeds of the Turtle Trot will help make Catholic education at HNOJ affordable for all.

Wear green, turtle attire or your race day t-shirt to be entered in a drawing for a prize.

Fall Fest is Saturday, Sept. 17, 4-10:30 p.m.

Kick off the Festival with us with Mass under the big tent at 4 p.m.  Only once a year do we offer an opportunity to enjoy Mass in the great outdoors. 

After Mass take part in any of the following activities at your leisure: 

  • Pull Tabs
  • Selfie Stand
  • Kids Games & Crafts 
  • Dragon Ride
  • Inflatables
  • Country Market with new Silent Auction!
  • Caricature Artist
  • Face Painting
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Comedian
  • Dueling Guitars
  • Sweepstakes
  • Bon Fire
  • Music & Dancing
  • Great Food


Award-winning comic Magician and Illusionist, Jared Sherlock, brings modern magic and clean comedy to our Fall Festival.  Will he catch a paintball gun bullet, juggle or saw his assistant in half?  Come and find out!

Heard of dueling pianos?  How about dueling guitars? SongBlast will lead us in a fun stream of endless songs from yesterday and today.  

Finally, North Country DJ is back to play music we can dance to.

Ticket Sales – Avoid Lines, Buy Your Tickets Early!

Avoid the long lines at the ticket booth.  Fall Festival tickets will be available for purchase after all the Masses the weekend of Aug. 28 and Sept. 11 and at the parish office after Sept. 11 during regular business hours.  Tickets are used for food, beverages and kid’s games at Fall Fest.  Entrance to Fall Fest is free!

If you prefer to purchase your tickets at Fall Festival, we suggest you bring cash to shorten the wait time in the ticket line.

Sample Ticket Chart

Kid’s Games/Activities   1-4 tickets or Unlimited Kid’s Games Wristband $10

Pop/Water                         1 ticket

Beer/Wine                          5-8 tickets

Snacks                                  1-5 tickets

Dinner Items                      2-5 tickets



Thank you to our sponsors!  These wonderful organizations help make this event possible.