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Creve Coeur Days Community Festival begins Thursday, June 21

By: Ellen Lampe


The annual Creve Coeur Days Community Festival will be held again this year on the campus of De Smet Jesuit High, 233 N. New Ballas Road. The family-friendly, charity fundraising event, featuring a giant carnival midway, begins on the evening of Thursday, June 21 and continues through Sunday, June 24.

The event began in 1967 and has been a favorite community activity each year since.

Hours for Creve Coeur Days are 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, June 21; 6-11 p.m. on Friday, June 22; noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23; and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.

Admission is free and free parking is available at De Smet Jesuit. Food booths and food trucks on the midway provide a variety of tasty delights from BBQ and burgers to ice cream and cotton candy. Game booths also are plentiful, and there are rides for everyone, including small children, to enjoy.

Guests who purchase a wristband for the event on Thursday will be able to ride unlimited rides all evening long.

A volunteer-run event

Unlike other community festivals, Creve Coeur Days is entirely organized and managed by volunteers instead of being a function of the city of Creve Coeur. The volunteers are members of a nonprofit organization called Creve Coeur Days, Inc., which is the formal name for the planning committee.

Current officers of Creve Coeur Days are Joe Schieszer, president; Roger Levy, vice president; Marcene Tockman, secretary; and Marcia Oberdorfer, treasurer.

2018 chairpersons are Matthew Grove, parade; Roger Levy, midway; Ed Farber, promotion; Joe Schieszer, sponsors and vendors.

New volunteers are always happily welcomed. For more information, email Creve Coeur Days at  info@crevecoeurdays.com.

Armband night

When the Festival opens Thursday evening, come early and purchase an armband that will allow you to ride on all rides as often as you like, all evening long. The armband special is only for Thursday night, so festival-goers can save money while experiencing all the fun of opening night. 

Entertainment for all ages   

This year’s entertainment for Creve Coeur Days will take place under the big Creve Coeur Days tent.

Creve Coeur Days 2018 live music features The Jobz 300.

The Jobz 300 band performs Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Jobz 300 is a fun-loving, rockin’ party band that plays a mix of 80s alternative, up-tempo blues, country and bar favorites. The band was a big hit last year and is back by popular demand.

Entertainment for the kids includes The Bubble Bus.

For the kids, The Bubble Bus with its billions of bubbles will make an appearance at 2 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, Amazing Larry will entertain kids of all ages starting at 2 p.m. Amazing Larry offers magic tricks, comedy and a juggling act.

For more information on Creve Coeur Days’ entertainment, visit the Entertainment page on the event’s website, crevecoeurdays.com.

All for a good cause

Creve Coeur Days is a nonprofit organization that donates to local charities, including The BackStoppers Inc. [shown].

Through the years, the all-volunteer festival has contributed more than $200,000 to area charities and philanthropic and civic organizations. Among the past beneficiaries of Creve Coeur Days are The Kaufman Fund, Shriners Hospital, Salvation Army, D.A.R.E., Ronald McDonald House, Humane Society, Camp Rainbow, The BackStoppers, Protestant Children’s Home and many more.

Parade steps off on Sunday

Parade Marshal Frank Cusumano

Heading the parade this year as Parade Marshal is Frank Cusumano, KSDK Channel 5 sports director.

Cusumano is a St. Louis native and alum of De Smet Jesuit High [the location of the festival]. In his time at De Smet Jesuit, Cusumano played on the state championship basketball team. He has been a sportscaster at KSDK since 1993 and has won 17 Emmys over the years. 

The Parade will step off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 and will travel south on New Ballas Road [in the northbound lane] from Old Ballas to just north of Ladue Road. Traffic in the northbound lane will be blocked, but the southbound lane will be open. Come out early and get a good viewing spot along the parade route! Then, head over to the carnival at De Smet Jesuit. 

A giant shopping cart sponsored by Schnucks rolls by in the parade.

Sponsors play an important role     

West Newsmagazine has been a proud sponsor of Creve Coeur Days for years. Current sponsors for the event also include Monsanto, Plaza Motors, USA Mortgage, Weber Chevrolet, Pizza World, Enterprise Bank and Trust, The Goddard School, Great Southern Bank, Lion’s Choice, Brown Smith Wallace, Smoothie King and Centerco Office Suites. Creve Coeur Days thanks them all.

Make plans now to attend Creve Coeur Days 2018. For full details, visit CreveCoeurDays.com.

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