Whether you say “to-may-to” or “to-mah-to,” Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School and Church invites you to celebrate its 63rd annual Tomato Festival this weekend in Chalmette.
The festival, on the school grounds at 2305 Fenelon St., will feature food, rides, games and live music with a theme of “On the Bayou.”
Fair hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
This year’s live musical performances will kick off at 8:30 p.m. Friday with Supercharger.
Voodoo Gumbo will hit the stage at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by Jason Dorcey at 7 p.m. and Wise Guys at 8:30 p.m.
August Rush will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jason Dorcey will be back at 6 p.m. and Bag of Donuts will play at 7 p.m.
Entertainment also will be provided by Prompt Succor students beginning at 11:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The menu will include Tomato a la Chalmette, a dish of green tomatoes breaded and deep fried, then topped with a creamy garlic shrimp sauce. There also will be raw and grilled oysters, barbecued shrimp, jambalaya, shrimp fettuccine, crawfish fried rice, pizza, chicken strips, hamburgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes.
Sodas and other refreshments also will be available.
Pay-one-price ride armbands will be sold for $15 in advance and $20 at the fair. A weekend armband also will be sold for $45 in advance and $50 at the fair.
Advance armbands can be purchased from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, near the school gym. Pay-one-price ride times are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Youngsters will have a chance to shine Saturday during a baby contest and the Tomato Queen Pageant in the school cafeteria.
The baby contest, open to children 5 and younger, will take place at 10:30 a.m. for girls and 1 p.m. for boys.
The queen pageant, open to young ladies residing in Louisiana who attend school and are between the ages of 13 and 16 for the teen division, and 17 and 21 for the miss division, will take place at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.
This year’s Cherry Tomato Princesses are Lillian Coulon, Victoria Sanders, Mary Ready and Summer Tran.
For information, call the school at (504) 271-2953.
Parish and state laws require that dogs and cats receive a rabies vaccination every year to protect against the virus that attacks the animal’s central nervous system and can be harmful to humans if contracted.
Dog and cat owners can take advantage of discounted rabies vaccinations this weekend at the 2014 St. Bernard Parish Rabies and Microchip Drive.
Sponsored by St. Bernard Animal Services, the event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the animal shelter, 5455 E. Judge Perez Drive, Violet.
Dog and cat owners may have their animals vaccinated against rabies and receive a rabies tag and parish tag for $15 per pet. Microchips, an implant placed under the skin of the animal as a means of identification, also will be offered for $15 per pet. Only cash will be accepted.
Dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in a pet carrier. For information, call the animal shelter at (504) 278-1534.
Project Graduation seeks help
The St. Bernard Coalition for Project Graduation, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has been providing a fun, safe, alcohol- and drug-free event for high school seniors on their graduation night for more than two decades, is looking for donations and volunteers to help make this year’s event a success.
Chalmette High School’s Class of 2014 will graduate at 8 p.m. May 15 at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette.
Project Graduation festivities will get underway following the commencement exercises, which will be around 11:30 p.m.
The event has been held at the Civic Center grand ballroom in the past, but this year’s location will be the St. Bernard Hall of Fame facility at the Val Riess Complex, 899 Magistrate St., Chalmette.
Activities will continue throughout the night until around 6 a.m. There will be food, fun and games, and even a chance for the graduates to win some cash.
Volunteers do not need to be parents of graduates, but they do need to be at least 21 years old. Participants can volunteer for a few hours or the entire night. They will be asked to help serve refreshments and coordinate the evening’s activities.
Anyone interested in volunteering their time is invited to a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the Chalmette High School cafeteria, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.
Monetary donations, as well as gift certificates and items to be used as prizes, are needed. For information, call Brenda Simpson, event chairwoman, at (504) 682-0753; or Paula St. Angelo, treasurer, at (504) 400-9298.
Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.