NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The 83rd annual Mt. Carmel Festival was underway in Niles on Thursday.
The five-day festival attracts anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people each year.
Money raised during the event helps the parish, other charitable organizations and education.
Father Jack Lavelle says that last year, they were able to bring in $215,000 and that it can’t be done without the hundreds of volunteers.
“What we’re doing is showcasing just wonderful traditions. Many of the foods are things that mothers in the cafeteria made in schools years ago,” he said. “It’s not just biting into a cheese puff, or a twist, or a slice of pizza, but it’s really kind of like tasting tradition, tasting memories.”
The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. now through Sunday.