Rome Catholic festival returns to its Cypress Street campus roots


The Rome Catholic School Spring Festival fundraiser is returning to what had been its longtime site at the former RCS grounds at 800 Cypress St., after being at a different location last year and not held at all in 2017, according to an announcement by school officials.

The festival, featuring amusement rides, games and food, will be this weekend including Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday from noon-10 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

In addition, there will be a craft fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., plus a plant and bake sale Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., event organizers added.

The festival, which RCS Principal Nancy Wilson said Wednesday “remains the largest fundraiser” for the school, was held last May on the grounds of Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus. It was not held in 2017 after having been an annual event for over 40 years at the former RCS site at 800 Cypress St.

The festival’s scheduling changed after RCS relocated in 2016 to the former St. Peter’s school at 400 Floyd Ave.

The 800 Cypress St. facility, owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, was leased by the Rome school district for usage by Strough Middle School students in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years during a Strough building renovation.

The Cypress Street site went back on the market for sale last August in conjunction with the Rome school district concluding its lease.

“Now that the Rome City School District is no longer using the Cypress Street building, it is the perfect time to bring the Spring Festival back home where it is most successful and where the people of Rome are accustomed to finding it,” Wilson observed.

Referring to a “time-honored weekend of rides, games, and food,” Wilson said the Main Event Amusements company will “entertain with carnival
rides and an exciting midway full of games” while food will
be provided by the Main Event and Dean’s Concessions

Also noting “a bake sale and a plant sale in honor of Mother’s Day weekend,” Wilson further said “this year we are excited to announce that we have added a spring craft fair which will be housed in the gymnasium. Access to the craft fair is found through the back gym doors, just past the carnival area.”

Wilson urged people to “come join us for a great weekend of family-friendly fun. We thank you in advance for supporting the students of Rome Catholic School.”

RCS, which includes students in pre-K to grade 6, has an enrollment of about 104 students at its Floyd Avenue location.


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