The game booths are up and the rides are running for the first day of the St. Nicholas Festival in Zanesville.
Every year the festival requires many people to help put together the event. Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Omen says she’s always surprised how many people volunteer.
“There are hundreds of shifts to fill,” said Omen. “There are booths from food to games. It’s a big under-taking but again everyone who is here is volunteering and donating their time and that’s fabulous.”
Co-Chair Bill Kohler says the festival makes between $40,000 and $60,000, which is donated to the Bishop Fenwick schools.
“We always try to beat previous years,” said Kohler. “It depends a lot on weather, the economy, and just how the public takes it.”
The festival kicks off tonight and runs through Saturday. Rides open at 5 p.m., food stands open at 6 p.m. and the game booths open at 7 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday nights the festival is open until 11. Friday and Saturday nights it will stay open an extra hour, until midnight.