Beginning Thursday, Nov. 11 and continuing to Sunday, Nov. 14, St. Rapahel's Fall Festival will be the main attraction in town and thousands will be attending the four-day event for the rides, the entertainment, the food, the silent auctions, the vendor booths and more.
Mike Wheeler, the chairman of the Fall Festival, said the church and its members look forward each year to the fall when this annual event is held.
Next to the Spring Festival held in the spring, this Fall Festival is one of the biggest events of the year and one of the church's main fundraisers.
Wheeler says he urges everyone to visit their delicious international Variety of Food Booths.
"We'll have something for everyone's taste glands," he said.
And rides, well the youngsters will think they've gone to Disney World with all things they can ride on over and over again. And this year, parents can buy a four-day armband for $45 which will allow them to ride on every ride at the Festival unlimited.
Some of the fun events include a pie eating contest and a bubble gum blowing contest on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. starting with the pie contest.
There will be a spaghetti dinner Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
And organizers say it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas. So with that in mind, Santa Claus himself will be at the Festival on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. You can come and have your picture taken with Santa.
Activities taking place on all four days include silent auctions, themed baskets, bake sales, art exhibits, and plenty of vendors' booths with lots of crafts and interesting things to buy.
"You might find the perfect Christmas gift here," Wheeler said.
Flyers have been circulated throughout Lehigh printed partially in Spanish to attract the Hispanics community.
The Black Water Band will perform between 7 and 11 p.m. on Friday the 12th and the Euego Latino group will perform on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.
Singing sensation Kayleigh Camp will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday and an hour earlier, the East Lee County High School will present a musical presentation. On Saturday, the Lehigh Acres Children's Choir will perform at noon. Footnotes, a local dance studio in Lehigh will perform on the stage at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about the Festival, you can call 239-369-1831.
Thousands of folks travel Lee Blvd. every day. When you see the big ferris wheel, you'll know the Festival is ready to open.
The Festival is a favorite and draws large crowds every year. There is plenty of parking and some visitors even park in the Walmart parking lot, but they are warned to be careful crossing the busy six-laned highway, said Liz Eilf, who is handling publicity for the event.
For those who may be new in Lehigh, the exact address is 2514 Lee Blvd.
"The weather's going to be great, so we hope everyone will show up and have a great time," Wheeler said.