Proceeds from Middletown festival to reduce tuition, improve school building

Despite rain showers Sunday night, The St. John XXIII Festival enjoyed three days of pleasant weather, one reason the event was called “a success.”

After being held at Fenwick High School for the last 16 years, the annual festival was moved back closer to central Middletown at the school’s former campus and now home to John XXIII Catholic School. The festival was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday and organizers said it drew large crowds, especially in the evening.

“Very blessed” is how St. John XXIII Principal Dawn Pickerill described the weather.

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Moving the festival back also gave it more of a Middletown feel, she said. She saw new faces and people she hadn’t seen in years, she said.

Proceeds from the festival are put in the school’s general fund and are used to reduce tuition and also make the necessary repairs to the 56-year-old building, Pickerill said.

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