Dear Parishioners of St. Vincent de Paul,
As you know, the Harvest Festival is a long-standing social tradition at St. Vincent de Paul and the largest parish event requiring over 200 volunteers to properly staff the event. The Harvest Festival is also a great opportunity for building community, but the event itself is not a money maker for the parish. The sale of the raffle tickets, however brings in approximately $60,000.00 per year which directly goes to our Major Repair and Replacement budget.
As many parishes have discovered with festivals, the lives of families and individuals are very busy during the Minnesota summer months and this in turn affects parishioner involvement in parish festivals. St. Vincent de Paul is similar as we have seen a steady decline in attendance, fewer leaders and volunteers and decreased revenue. A survey was completed at the conclusion of the 2016 Harvest Festival that signaled that change is needed to the festival events and there is also a need for fresh ideas to gain greater participation.
Therefore, it has been decided to discontinue the Harvest Festival for 2017 and relaunch a new event in 2018. Over the next few weeks and months we will continue to gather ideas and suggestions from parishioners as we plan for the future. The goal would be to re-brand, rename, and retool the entire event.
We are in a unique position to forge a new path and create a new vision for the festival. Discontinuing the Harvest Festival until 2018 gives our parish an opportunity to redesign and create a parish event that is new and fresh for our community and the community around us.
We thank you for your commitment to St. Vincent de Paul and we look forward to many more years of community food, fellowship, and fun!
The 2016 Harvest Festival Review Committee
We invite you to come and share your ideas, thoughts and creativity as we revision our parish festival for 2018.
When: Monday, April 3 6:30-7:30PM
Where: Regan Hall