Niles church marks 81st annual festival

NILES – The 81st annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival will be held Wednesday to Sunday on the church grounds off Robbins Avenue.

The annual event commemorates the feast of its patroness with a religious celebration and traditional street fair with rides, games, musical entertainment and popular Italian homemade food, including cheese puffs, twists, sausage sandwich, cavatelli, pastries and pizza.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Wednesday to Friday and 5 to 11 p.m. each day.

Every night will feature different musical entertainment from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Rex Taneri Band Wednesday; D. Major Band Thursday; Brotherhood Band Friday; Kenny Kuhn Band Saturday; and Sam Tonelli Band Sunday.

There will be a grand prize raffle of $5,000 with many other cash prizes totaling more than $10,000. Tickets are available at the festival.

Added to the event this year is a workers’ Mass on Saturday.