Our Lady of the Lakes Spring Festival March 8-11

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Our Lady of the Lakes Spring Festival March 8-11


Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church (OLOTL) will be hosting its 44th annual Spring Festival on the school's grounds at 15801 N.W. 67 Avenue from March 8 through 11. 

Families looking for a fun-filled day can stroll through the main section and play games. Local businesses will also be participating with exhibits for carnival attendees to stop by for dinner. The food court features an array of the best international food booths with something for every taste, including Latin, Cuban, Mexican, Italian, Jamaican, Colombian, Filipino, BBQ, American, Spanish Tapas and much more.

“Due to its well-earned reputation, increasing numbers of people attend the festival to eat some of the most diverse and incredibly delicious food made fresh especially for attendees,” said food booth chairperson Diane Pantaleon.

More than 20 popular carnival rides and attractions will thrill people of all ages, including toddlers in the special kiddy ride section. Carnival-goers can see Miami Lakes from the top of the giant ferris wheel, listen to loud music at high speeds on The Orbiter and experience the thrill of the Kamikaze. Young people can scramble through fun houses, climb aboard a pirate ship and play traditional carnival games.

“If you come to our Festival, you are guaranteed to have a great time,” said Father Jose Alvarez.      

The main stage is full of different live shows and performances throughout the weekend. Music will fill the nights with live bands and DJs. The children’s talent show and performances from dance studios in the area will take place Sunday afternoon on family day. Those interested in performing on the stage are asked to  email Jeanelle Ramon at jeanelleramon@gmail.com for details and information. 

It takes more than 30 volunteers, and about four months to organize this weekend-long event. More than 300 people participate to make it run smoothly. Those interested in volunteering should contact Julie Sierra at gbsierra@gmail.com for more information.

Aside from food, rides and entertainment, there will be a public basketball tournament on Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the tournament, contact Ernie Valido at evalido@comcast.net.

Admission to the festival is free, but tickets for the rides come at an additional cost. Ride bracelets allow festival-goers to ride as much as they want. Bracelets may be purchased at a discounted price before or after masses on March 3 and 4. Tickets are also sold at the church gift shop until March 7 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bracelets are also on sale at the festival website www.ollnet.com/festival. Bracelets will also be sold during the festival at an additional charge.  Single ride tickets will be available for sale at any time during the festival.

The festival features two raffle drawings. One raffle features a grand prize of $2,500 and subsequent prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. Raffle tickets are now available at the church office and at the raffle booth during the festival. A second special raffle, with three cash prizes (first prize up to $7,000, second prize up to $5,000 and third prize up to $2,500) is drawn on Sunday night. A maximum of 300 tickets are sold, so the odds of winning are greater. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the church gift shop, ask for Rosa Gangi or call 305-558-2202.  

The festival is the primary fund raiser for OLOTL. Proceeds support the operating budget for the church and school. Last year, thousands of people from both Dade and Broward Counties participated in this four-day event. The festival hours are Thursday, March 8 from 5-10 p.m., Friday, March 9 from 5-11:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10 from 1-11:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 from noon until 9 p.m. 


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