Every September, the St. Alphonsus family comes together to celebrate its Harvest Home tradition, which goes back to 1889 when local farmers donated their crops and prepared a hearty meal to raise funds for St. Alphonsus Church and its new school.
That school has been merged with St. Alexis School and renamed Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. Proceeds from Harvest Home are split equally between the church and school.
Although Wexford is not the agricultural area it once was, we still harken back to those early roots when local farmers generously donated fresh, delicious produce for this event. We are especially grateful for the generosity over the years of the following farms: Wexford Farms, Soergel Orchards, Shenot Farm & Market, and Eichner’s Family Farm Market.
Over time, festival activities were added. In 2016, we added a 5K run/walk and renamed the event Harvest Home Weekend.
Friday, September 7
St. Alphonsus Harvest Home 5K Twilight Run/Walk!
6:30 p.m. start at North Park’s Harmar Pavilion (across from Pie Traynor Field)
A One-Mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 6 p.m. in the same location.
After the race: Hot dogs for everyone! Come enjoy the fellowship.
Saturday, September 8
Mass at 5 p.m.
Harvest Home Festival Games & Food
6 to 8 p.m.
at Ryan Center on St. Alphonsus Campus, 201 Church Road, Wexford
Our festival games are fun for all ages! Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages for sale. (Rain or shine!)
Sunday, September 9
Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Traditional Harvest Home Dinner & Festival
Festival is open from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. (see details below).
Dinner served from 1 to 6 p.m. in school’s Ryan Center at 201 Church Road, Wexford. Takeout dinners available until 6:30 p.m. in school cafeteria. Then after-dinner food sales begin at 6:30 p.m.
Home-cooked Harvest Home Dinner features choice of pulled pork, charcoal-grilled half chicken and ham. Lots of side dishes made from farm-fresh produce. Rolls. Beverages. Pie. See menu below.
Prices: $11 for Adult Dine-In Dinner, $6 for Child’s Dine-In Dinner, $12 for Takeout Dinner
Festival Fun on Sunday
Festival Games — Each game costs 50 cents to $2 per play.
Bonanza Raffle — First prize is $4,000, second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $750. Tickets will be on sale at the festival on Sunday. Drawing for winner will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets sell for $2 each or 11 for $20.
Country Store — We’re selling gorgeous refurbished furniture, produce from local farms, crafts, baked goods, plants and more. Great prices!
Chinese Auction — More than 50 Chinese Auction baskets. Ticket prices are $1 for 1 ticket, $12 for 15 tickets, $20 for 25 tickets, $35 for 50 tickets, and $50 for 100 tickets.
Festival Foods for Sale – Cotton candy, popcorn, mini funnel cakes, hot dogs and fries. Moe’s Southwest Grill will be selling food too with proceeds going to St. Alphonsus.
Parking on Sunday
On Campus: Parking on our parish grounds will be limited. The upper parking lot of the church will be available for the elderly, disabled and those needing assistance. Parking for takeout orders is available in the lower parking lot near the school playground and cafeteria. Golf carts will assist those in need.
Off Campus: We will have shuttle service every 20 minutes from 1:30 to 6 p.m. from Pine Center (11279 Perry Highway, Wexford) at the corner of Route 19 & Bonnie View Drive. The shuttle will stop in the Pine Center’s REAR parking lot next to the Children’s Hospital medical offices.
Directions from church driveway: Turn right onto Church Road (south). At intersection with Route 19, turn right and go about 200 feet. At first traffic light, turn right onto Bonnie View Drive. Then turn left into Pine Center’s rear parking lot (Children’s Hospital offices)
Harvest Home Dinner Menu
Dinners are served family style in the Ryan Center,
which is located at south end of Blessed Francis Seelos School.
Takeout dinners are available also in the school cafeteria.
Charcoal-grilled Half Chicken
Harvest Home Ham
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Choice of iced tea, lemonade, hot tea or coffee
Slice of pie
How Much Does it Cost?
$11 for Adult Dine-In Dinner
$6 for Child’s Dine-In Dinner
$12 for Takeout Dinner
Dine-in tickets sold from 1 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.
Takeout dinners sold until 6:30 p.m.
Sales of leftover dinner food begin 6:30 p.m.