GREENSBURG — On Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., the St. Mary’s Alumni and Friends Association (SMAFA) will hold its annual Chili Supper and Carnival at St. Mary’s Elementary School.
SMAFA corresponding secretary Susie Colson told the Daily News the 2014 edition will mark the event’s 19th year. It will also mark its second year in St. Mary’s new school, which opened in August 2012.
SMAFA itself, which consists of 12 board members and a multitude of donors and alumni, was founded in 1994; the first Chili Supper and Carnival was held in January 1995. The event has been a St. Mary’s mainstay ever since, Colson said.
In addition to chili, hotdogs are also served, along with drinks. The SMAFA Board prepares the chili itself, starting early on the morning of the event.
“We usually serve around 550 people,” Colson said. “We always stage this event as a kickoff for National Catholic Schools Week (NCSW), which this year starts the Monday after our chili supper and carnival.”
According to the website of the National Catholic Education Association (http://www.ncea.org), the 2014 NCSW runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, Monday through Friday. According to the site, NCSW is an “annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.” The event is typically observed by individual schools with special masses, open houses and other events for schools, churches and their communities.
The Carnival portion of the St. Mary’s event, according to Colson, is comprised of “13 games of skill,” including a basketball shoot, a duck pull, a Teddy bear toss, a root beer slide, a sucker pull, a milk jug toss, a game of Tic-Tac-Toe, a game of cornhole, putt-putt golf and others.
The price for the supper is $5 for adults and $3 for students or children. Game tickets are 50 cents each.
“Everyone who plays one of the games wins something,” Colson stressed. “Whether it’s a piece of candy or one of several small, assorted toys, everybody wins each time they play.”