Country Fest Returns to Maria Stein

Staff Writer

MARIA STEIN — Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Maria Stein this weekend to enjoy one of the area’s premier summer festivals at the 29th Annual Maria Stein Country Fest June 24-26 on the grounds of the Shrine of the Holy Relics.

Each year, Country Fest activities draw a crowd of roughly 72,000 to 75,000 people, a testament to how successful the festival has become nearly three decades after the Knights of St. John, American Legion and Retreat Shrine combined their three festivals into one. It has only grown as the Tractor Square Dancing show became a nationally-known attraction. The popular event — with a theme kept secret to the public has shows  on Friday night along with afternoon and nightly shows on Saturday and Sunday.

The featured entertainment this year is Team Rock, a USA National Extreme Breaking Team, a faith-based ministry featuring athletes in the martial art of breaking concrete blocks and pieces of wood with their hands and feet and feats of acrobatics.

Music will be in the air all weekend as DJ Pac-Man,  Empty Tank, Mark Cantwil, Karma’s Pawn, Nashville Crush, Free Lance and Saw Creek will perform.

The Maria Stein Art Show will feature works from local and Ohio artists on Saturday and Sunday.

Folk Mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Pilgrimmage, a walk-along with The Knights of St. John, the American Legion, and the local clergy as they pray the rosary and other prayers, from St. Johns Catholic Church in Maria Stein to Relic Chapel grounds will be on Sunday at 1 p.m.  

Country Fest also offers plenty of food to satisfy everyone’s palate, plus a petting zoo, games and rides.

For a complete schedule of events and entertainment, visit Country Fest’s website at www.mscountryfest.com.