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We were so fortunate to have had a gorgeous, mild, sunny day to enjoy our annual Fall Festival on the parish grounds on Sunday, October 2, 2022. There was something for everyone - entertainment for the whole family along with great food and drink. The total receipts for the day, including raffle and donations, was just under $19,000 before expenses. We would like to thank everyone who made this fun day for our parish possible. Those who organized the event, those who provided the entertainment (thank you Father Koster for sharing your talent with us), those who worked the booths, cooked the food, provided the baked goods, donated your used treasures that someone else could use, and etc..

Thank you to everyone for buying raffle tickets and donating extra to help defray the expenses. Above all, thank you for attending and bringing your families. We are truly blessed! A huge 'Congratulations' goes out to our Fall Festival's Unsung Heroes, Art and Mary Louise Haynes! Over the years, they have unselfishly given a vast amount of hours, volunteering for and supporting fundraisers and events hosted by the church and school. They've been generous in all ways to benefit others. And it is obvious that their faith, family, and friends are everything to them. Thank you, Art and Mary Louise, for the example you've set for not only your kids and grandkids, but for all of us!!


This year's Fall Festival was another fun and successful event in our parish. Thank you to the many individuals who made it happen! Long time parish volunteers Rick and Brenda O'Halloran (pictured with Father Koster) received the Unsung Hero Award for the countless hours they have donated to our parish. Kennedie Kieffer began the afternoon with a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem. The booths, food, games and raffle along with generous donations and sponsorships netted the fundraiser $17,235 before expenses.

Fall Festival Raffle Winner List 2021 - CLICK HERE!


Sunday, September 27, 2020 (Rain, rain go away!) - Thanks to all of the parishioners who volunteered or donated something for the Fall Festival. The committee is truly grateful for all those who support this very important fundraiser to support our church. We will be looking at all aspects of the Fall Festival in the coming weeks for ways to improve it and make it more enjoyable for everyone. Please let me or Father know if you have any ideas for improvement. Raffle winners have been contacted; and a winners' list is here. Congratulations to our Unsung Heroes, Julie Resor and Pam Brobst. Fall Festival Income: $9,122 before expenses.

Congratulations to our Unsung Heroes of 2020: Pam Brobst (L) and Julie Resor (R), Sunday, September 27, 2020.
Pictured with Father Ryan Koster

Fall Festival Raffle Winner List 2020 - CLICK HERE!

Quinn Memorial 5K 2020 Race Results - Click Here!


Sunday, September 22, 2019, our annual Fall Festival got off to a soggy start. In spite of this, most activity was moved inside the school and the crowd had a fun day! Our overall proceeds for the day, including raffle tickets and donations were $10,246. A complete expense report is not available at this time. Thank you to Julie Resor and her committee for planning and organizing and to ALL the parishioners for taking a part in this yearly event. It never would be possible without the help of so many people.


UNSUNG HERO AWARD - Brenda and Larry Fellhoelter were awarded the honor of St. Columban's "Unsung Heroes" at the 46th Annual Fall Festival on Sunday. Year after year, Larry and Brenda are both tremendously generous with their time and talent to serve others. They don't look for glory or recognition for their efforts but continue to work behind the scenes to make good things happen.

Father Koster on Violin and Nathan Eftink on Guitar
Fall Festival Entertainment 2019
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ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL - September 30, 2018 (noon until 4:00 p.m.)

This year was another fun and successful Fall Festival. If success can be measured by the smiles and happiness seen on the faces of the crowd, it was truly that. The total money raised through the sale of raffle tickets, game tickets and booths was $13,225. This is before expenses are paid out.

The list of raffle winners can be found on the table in the back of church or viewed here. All winners that were not present to pick up their prize on Sunday were notified this week, and gift certificates were mailed to the address provided on the ticket. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets; and especially to the ones who included an address on the ticket.

A Big Thank You to all the parishioners - whether you brought a cake or worked in one of the booths. We really appreciated your help. This is the only parish fundraiser of the year. A special thank you to committee members: Pam Brobst, Joe Timmons, Diane Bonderer, Kim Marshall, Amy Supple, David Martin and Joe Resor. Again this year, Julie Resor headed up the committee and kept things organized. Thank you, Julie. You are truly appreciated, too!

Congratulations to Mr. Joe Timmons for being named this year's Unsung Hero! Joe is very deserving of that honor. He works tirelessly to help others, volunteering his time as a referee for Bishop Hogan's basketball games, being a Eucharistic minister, visiting the homebound, teaching CCD classes, being an active member of the Knights of Columbus, and so much more. Joe is a good example of carrying out the church's ministry!

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ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL - September 17, 2017
The 2017 Fall Festival was held Sunday, September 17, from 12 Noon until 4:00 pm on the church grounds.
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ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED: Unsung Hero Award, National Anthem & Prayer by Fr. Kneib, Music by Joe Bonderer & friends, Mic-O-Say Dancers, Student Performers from Bishop Hogan School, and Carl Schroder with Accordion music.

Unsung Hero Award - C-T 09 19 17 - The ST. Columban annual fall festival kicked off with the annual Unsung Hero Award usually offered to an individual whose contributions to the church, although recognized, go unnoticed by the majority of the parish. This year, the honor was awarded to two individuals.

C-T Photos / Jaime Saucedo
David May, Father Kneib, Chuck Haney Charlie Stedem, Father Kneib, Chuck Haney

The first recipient, Charlie Stedem, has contributed much in the way of time and service over the years to St. Columban church and Bishop Hogan school. Charlie is a humble, behind the scenes type of guy. He has a long history of assisting with every fundraiser and with every request for help that he can. Whether it is taking something uptown to be fixed because he saw that it was not working right, setting up or cleaning up tables and chairs after an event, serving food, sweeping out the lean-to shed just because it needed to be done and he noticed, or millions of other things that he has helped with, Charlie is always there. No one can begin to count the number of Fish Fry dinners or Fall Festival events he has helped with over the years. He does things to help out, never for recognition, but for the satisfaction that he has made a difference in the many things that needed to get done! He is committed to his family, his church and school, and passionate about doing his part to support all. His family is his pride and joy, and he is a wonderful example for them of giving back to God by his service to others. For Charlie Stedem's many years of behind the scenes generous acts and volunteering, and for the inspiration he is for all of us, he is an Unsung Hero.

The definition of an unsung hero is one who makes a substantive, yet unrecognized contribution. This definition exemplifies David May. He is constantly serving others in a humble and quiet way, not for any accolades, but because he wants to lighten the load of others. He is steadfast and dependable in assisting at the school and church, not looking for anything in return. His service to others reaches far and wide and seems to be never-ending. It's hard to name all the things he is involved in - from being a leader in the Knights of Columbus, heading up Fish Fry dinners, helping with the Tootsie Roll Drive and cooking at Chautauqua. He delivers Meals on Wheels for the church and helps with funeral dinners. When it comes to fixing things, David is a master. He can often be seen at the school or church repairing water fountains or the boiler, changing filters on the air-conditioners, replacing basalis on the lights and even installing faucets and ceiling fans. When any big project is called for in the church or school, David is usually involved. He is reliable and resourceful; but most of all, he is generous with his time and skills. He is such an asset to his church community. If he can help someone out, he never hesitates but instead steps up and gets it done. David is an inspiration to others in his faith, in his examples of daily life, and in his love of family. He is very deserving of the Unsung Hero Award.

In a pouring down rain, Kennedie Kieffer sings the National Anthem to help kick off the 2017 St. Columban Fall Festival. To the right are Jamie Reeter, Father Kneib, and Mayor Chuck Haney.

C-T Photo / Jaime Saucedo


The 43rd annual St. Columban's Fall Festival was held Sunday, September 18. THANK YOU from the Fall Festival Committee to everyone that contributed in any way to the success of this year's Fall Festival. It takes months of organizing and planning and contributions of time, talent and sweat to pull the day off. Of course, it is all worth the effort to come together as a parish and have a fun day for our families and share with those of the local community. The raffle, games and food sales brought in a total of almost $12,000 before expenses. These funds will go into the church general fund to help pay general operating expenses through the year. A list of winners from our raffle may be seen here. Letters and certificates have been sent to those who did not pick up there prize on Sunday.

C-T Photo / Jay Saucedo

Chillicothe's great weather stretch continued for the event. Chuck Haney, the program master of ceremonies, helped kick off the event, and Kennedie Kieffer sang the national anthem. Father Ben Kneib, pastor of St. Columban's Catholic Church, presented the 5th Unsung Hero Award. This year's award honored Diane Bonderer and the late Mike Bonderer. This award is highly regarded and presented to members for commitment and service to the St. Columban community. There was plenty of entertainment for the entire family. Children could get into the inflatable slide, bounce houses, face painting or even go fishing. Adults had bingo and a cake walk, but all ages could meet in the middle for cart races , dunk tank and food from the barbecue pit. Entertainment throughout the day included The Joe Bonderer Band, Grand River Harmony Chorus and The Mic-O-Say Dancers. St. Columban's Catholic Church services more than 400 families in Chillicothe, and the Fall Festival is the church's one major fundraiser throughout the year. Event organizers were pleased with the day's turnout. Volunteers included church parishioners, parents of Bishop Hogan School students, and the Knights of Columbus, who cooked and served the food. An estimated $7,500 was raised by the event, revenues that go to the church's emergency fund.

Father Ben Kneib, of St. Columban's Catholic Church, presented Diane Bonderer with the Unsung Hero Award, given in her honor and that of her late husband, Mike.

C-T Photo / Jay Saucedo

We are very excited to have hosted our 1st Annual Quinn Memorial fun Run & 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 17, 2016. This event was held in conjunction with the St. Columban Fall Festival in order to establish a scholarship in memory of Bishop Hogan students Abby Quinn Boies and Joshua Quinn to be given to a Bishop Hogan graduate to help further their education. Joshua Steven died as a result of a farming accident in August 2003 and Abbigail Faye died of a brain tumor in January 2015. Josh and Abby were the son and daughter of George W. and Marta Quinn and Grover and Mitzi Seaboldt. All proceeds went toward the Scholarship Fund while promoting fitness among our youth and offering an event in which families with children of all ages can participate, as well as keeping Josh and Abby's memory alive. All runners and walkers were welcome! Registration forms, as well as sponsorship forms were available at the back of church. You can find us on Facebook at or e-mail questions to

Photos: Janet Lauhoff Jackson

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