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HOWARDSTOWN; Howardstown Homecoming: 35 years of family

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Event started in 1978

By Rebecca Roscoe

The 35th annual Howardstown Homecoming was held Aug. 4 at Saint Ann’s Church.

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The popular event started in 1978 with picnic on the grounds. Now, second and third generations of Howardstown families are enjoying the festivities.

“The grounds were filled with a lot of people this year,” said Lois Cecil, principal at Saint Ann’s School.

The picnic traditionally included a large meal of meat and side dishes, game booths, prizes, and a raffle to help raise money for the church and Saint Ann’s School. This year’s meal included cod sandwiches, tenderloin, country ham, hot dogs, homemade fries, tea and drinks.

“For our raffle this year our largest items included a canoe and a TV, outside of the $2,000 collected by the parish.”

Every year Saint Ann’s students make a “community quilt” that is raffled off at the homecoming.

The celebration begins with mass inside Saint Ann’s Catholic Church.

In 2001 a pavilion was attached to the garage on the grounds to expand the available seating area for the guests who attend the homecoming, as well as other events.

Cecil said the support from the community has helped to make the event a success every year since its beginning.

“We’re thankful for the generosity shown by the people in the community. They help keep our little school going,” said Cecil.

“That’s what survival is – in a community everyone pitches in and helps each other. That’s what we have here in Howardstown – a close knit community – a family.”