The corner of Fifth and Shinnick in downtown Zanesville is coming alive Thursday for the start of the annual St. Thomas Festival.
St. Thomas Church has been putting on the festival for well over 60 years. The kids can enjoy games and bounce houses while the adults can enjoy a beverage and try their hand at blackjack. And of course, no festival would be complete without the food.
"We have bratwurst," said Festival Committee Member Kristen Baughman. "We have hamburgers and hot dogs. We have pizza, salads, lemon shakeups, and elephant ears. So lots of good food."
Baughman says over $20,000 were raised from last year's festival. All of that money goes to help fund Bishop Fenwick Catholic School.
"Just come on out and see for yourself what it's all about," Baughman said. "It's a community tradition that's been going on for a long time. I think most people know about it or have been to it at some point, but it's worth checking out if they haven't been for awhile. We have a lot of fun stuff."
There will also be live entertainment each night with Matt Frampton performing Thursday, HB7 on Friday, and the T-Birds on Saturday. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight both Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.