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St. Joseph Church Readies for Its 85th Annual 4th of July Celebration

Updated: Jul 7

Lily Wensel of New Bethlehem aims at the prize balloons during last year’s annual 4th of July Celebration in Lucinda, Clarion County’s oldest Independence Day event. Home-cooked food, games, prizes, live entertainment, and over $40,000 in cash and prizes await visitors once again in 2024.

 St. Joseph Church Sets 85th Annual 4th of July Celebration

Liberty 5K Set for July 6th


St. Joseph’s 85th Annual 4th of July Celebration, Clarion County’s oldest Independence Day event, will be held on July 4 from 11 AM until 4 PM on the Parish grounds in Lucinda, PA.  The event features their traditional all-you-can-eat chicken and ham dinners, games of skill and chance for all ages, a quilt tent, called-number games, live entertainment, and a grand prize drawing worth over $10,000 in cash and prizes. 

St. Joseph's 10th Annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk will take place on July 6 at 8 AM at the historic Lucinda Train Station at a post-festival finale.

Known for generous portions, nearly 2,000 home-cooked meals are served each July 4th and include homemade pie and soup with their famous homemade noodles.  The dining room will be serving from 11 AM until 3 PM; takeouts will be available from 11 AM until 2 PM.  Dinner ticket sales will begin at 10 AM.  Dinner prices are Adults: $13  Children 6 to 12: $6 and Children under 6: Free.  Sheltered picnic tables, which can seat 150 to 200, will be available for those who opt to eat outdoors.

The grounds will open at 11 a.m. and feature diverse games of skill and chance for adults and children, an extensive Chinese auction, prize drawings and a concessions stand.

A cornerstone attraction is the quilt tent where many handmade quilts are slated to be awarded in drawings held throughout the day, with additional quilts offered at the Rosary Society booth and in the online auction/sale.  Depending on size and design, each quilt averages 100 to 200 hours to complete and holds an estimated retail value of between $750 and $950, making this event one of the largest quilt giveaways in Clarion's tri-county area.  A preview of the quilts is available at under the “Church Events” tab.

Entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. with artists located on the main grounds and at the outdoor dining area.  Among the musicians scheduled to perform during the first half of the festival are Algebra 1 of Clarion featuring traditional Celtic and folk music; Lauren Clarke George of Lucinda singing a mix of Americana and Celtic melodies; and Gravel Lick, a bluegrass band with a non-traditional flair.  The afternoon hours will bring a jukebox variety of tunes from oldies to modern rock performed by Clarion area duo Jackson Danger and the Golden Boy; Sean Carey and the Transit Street Band of Oil City featuring a variety of classic hits, oldies, folk tunes, and originals; John Cornman performing acoustic country cover artists; and country singer/songwriter Kaleb Beichner of Shippenville featuring country hits and originals.

In addition to the musical groups, balloon artist Desiree Davis of Girard will be on hand during the afternoon hours with custom-made designs for kids of all ages.

Called-number games will begin at 11:45 am in the lower level of the social hall and will continue throughout the afternoon.  Four special games with larger prizes will be held at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 PM.

The grand prize drawing is scheduled for 4 p.m. and features a $5,000 cash prize, gift certificates, other major cash awards, furniture, and a portable hot tub.

Altogether more than $40,000 in cash and prizes is to be awarded with proceeds from the day’s events benefiting St. Joseph Catholic School, one of the oldest Catholic schools in the Erie Diocese.  The school provides quality educational programs to children enrolled in Pre-K through sixth grade each year.

The celebration will be held rain or shine on the canopy-covered parish grounds.  The children’s playground is adjacent to the festivities and St. Joseph Church, erected in 1893, will be open to visitors.  The parish complex is located at 112 Rectory Lane along Rt. 66 in Lucinda (I-80 Exit 60, Rt. 66 north 10 miles) and is a short drive from Cook Forest State Park.  The grounds are handicap accessible.  Parking areas surround the grounds and a parking shuttle will be available.  Reserved parking spaces will be available for those who cannot attend the festival but want to purchase a carry-out dinner.  For more information visit, Facebook @stjoseph4thofjuly, or call 814-226-7288.

Registration for the Liberty 5K Run/Walk begins at 7 am on July 6 at the restored train station.  Now in its 10th year, the race will start nearby at 8 am on the Rail 66 Country Trail.  The non-motorized 4-season trail currently stretches 20 miles through the scenic countryside of northern Clarion County on the paved historic Knox-Kane railroad bed

The run will be held rain or shine and entertainment will be provided by Absolute Clarion DJ Services.  The Lucinda Train Station is located at 1040 Lander Drive in Lucinda and can be accessed via Maple Drive, which is the first left immediately following St. Joseph Church on Rt. 66 N.  Pre-registration is encouraged and forms are available at, Facebook @StJoesLiberty5K, or by calling 814-226-7288. 

Proceeds benefit St. Joseph School.

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