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2018 Harvest Festival

St. Mary’s Church hosted its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday at Aquinas Catholic High School in David City. Event organizer Mike Moravec said the dinner usually draws in a crowd of about 1,700 people and raises about $60,000 for the church.

Thanksgiving may be a week away, but attendees at the annual St. Mary’s Church’s Harvest Festival enjoyed a warm turkey dinner on Sunday.

This was the fourth year the fundraiser was hosted at Aquinas Catholic High School in David City. Mike Moravec, one of the event’s organizers, said the event usually draws in about 1,700 people and raises about $60,000 for the church. The festival included a raffle, cake walk, bake sale, country store, auction, several games for children and a dinner.

“It’s a great meal, (and) it’s a sense of community,” Moravec said.

Event organizer Jo Witter said it’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the parish. She said she enjoys the dinner and homemade kolaches.

“My favorite part (of today) is just seeing the parish work together for one big event like this and to see them bring in family (members) from out of town to participate, as well,” she said.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at

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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News-Review.

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