Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School and Church will celebrate its 64th annual Tomato Festival on May 1, 2 and 3 in Chalmette.
The festival, on the school grounds at 2305 Fenelon St., will feature food, rides, games and live music with a theme of “OLPS Walks the Red Carpet.”
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 Hit N Run. Pick 6 will hit the stage at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by Weathered at 6:30 p.m. and The Top Cats at 9 p.m. Supercharger will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by 5 Finger Discount 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. Lunches prepared by Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant will be available for purchase Sunday in the cafeteria.
Pay-one-price ride armbands will be sold for $25 on Friday, $30 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday and will be good for the entire day of sale. Weekend armbands also will be sold for $60 and may be purchased at the fair or in advance on April 29 and April 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. near the gym.
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 9:30 a.m. for boys and 10:30 a.m. for girls. For information, call Karen Sandrock at (504) 271-2953.
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. Winning contestants will receive a $150 cash prize. Applications are available in the school office or church rectory or from olpsschool.org. For more information, call Jacquelyn Hughes at (504) 952-5299.
Junior deputy program
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office will introduce a free Junior Deputy Academy for St. Bernard Parish boys and girls ages 10 to 13 to be held in June and July.
“Our academy will offer kids a chance to interact with sheriff’s deputies and make friends with positive role models for them,” Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said. “We believe this will help develop pride and self-respect for these young people, as well as respect for their community and its values. We also hope they will find it fun and informative.”
The academy will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 9 through July 22 at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center, on the second floor at 2118 Jackson Blvd. in Chalmette, behind the Parish Courthouse.
There will not be sessions the week of July 4.
Included in the academy will be field trips to the parish prison and firearms safety taught at a shooting range. Participants also will learn basic first aid and CPR and hear from officers about the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Narcotics Division, Crime Scene Investigation and the department’s state-of-the-art equipment.
The academy is patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy for adults.
To register, call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628.
Cookery contest winners
St. Bernard Parish 4-H Club members recently participated in the Southeast District Area Cookery Contest.
First-place winners from the St. Bernard Parish 4-H Cookery Contest were eligible to submit their dish in the area cookery contest. Members competed against first-place dishes from 14 other parishes.
Winners are Catherine Wilson, red ribbon, egg appetizer, salad; Amelia Stechmann, first place, sugar, cake; Emma Abadie, second place, sugar, cookie; Holly Robin, white ribbon, seafood, crawfish; Devon Carr, white ribbon, seafood, crab; Shahira Cleggett, red ribbon, processed poultry; Aram Albach, red ribbon, egg dessert; Kyleigh Kidd, first place, sugar, candy; Grace Abba, red ribbon, egg, main dish; and Thomas Plumstead, second place, poultry, chicken.
Mark your calendars
St. Bernard Animal Services will offer its annual rabies vaccinations and microchipping May 9 at the animal shelter, 5455 E. Judge Perez Drive, Violet. For information, call the animal shelter at (504) 278-1534.
The St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program’s “Give a Hoot Trivia Night” fundraiser is May 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2107 Paris Road in Chalmette. For information, call (504) 277-3177.
Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.