16 Things to Know Before FEST 2016

16 Things to Know Before FEST 2016

Written by the intern herself.

The FEST is a day of faith, family and fun, all for free, and I want to be sure that you have "EVERYTHING" to make it a great day!

1. Get there right at noon.

Beat the traffic and get your spot on the field. Set up blankets and lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy the day!

2. Bring an umbrella.

Stay cool with an umbrella! We will not be allowing tents this year due to safety issues, but encourage you to bring umbrellas to provide shade from the sun!

3. Stay hydrated.

Make sure that you stay well hydrated on the day of the FEST. Sometimes it can be quite hot, and we want to be sure you are nice and cool! Bottles of water will be on sale for $1, thanks to our good friends at Distillata, or you are welcome to bring your own!

4. Enjoy the concerts.

Lauren Daigle, Matthew West, Michael W. Smith, and the Newsboys will be lining up the main stage, and you don’t want to miss them!

5. Use your passport to everything.

The instructions will be located in the booklet you receive at the gates of the FEST. Complete the scavenger hunt to be entered for a chance to win great prizes, including on-stage seats for the Newsboys and a photo autographed by all the bands!

6. Pre-register for Marc’s Mom’s Relaxation Station.

Skip the line on the day of the FEST and register early here.

7. Take a tour of the seminary.

The seminary is one of my favorite places. With its rich history and eccentric artwork, a tour is definitely something you shouldn’t miss!

8. Volunteer.

It takes more than 1,000 volunteers to put on the FEST, and we are still in need of about 200 more! Sign up to volunteer for a two-hour shift and receive a free T-shirt as a thank you. You can sign up here.

9. Grow in your faith.

The FEST has many opportunities for you to grow in your faith. Experience the sacrament of Reconciliation, pray the Rosary, or worship our Lord in adoration at the Holy Hour of Mercy.

10. Donate.

The FEST would not be possible without our generous donations, vendors, sponsors, and the FEST grand raffle. If you are able, please donate to our Love Buckets before Mass or one of the many spots around the grounds.

11. Know where to park.

Parking at the FEST is free and easy! Check out this video for more info!

12. Win a scholarship.

Stop by the Notre Dame College tent for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship renewable over four years!

13. Purchase your raffle ticket ahead of time.

Beat the long lines on the day of the FEST and purchase tickets ahead of time online here.

14. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

There will be contests all week with chances to win meet and greet passes! Be on the look out and be sure to enter!

15. Stay for the Mass.

Even if you aren’t Catholic, we welcome you to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with us. The FEST Liturgy is one of my favorites of the year and there are beautiful fireworks after!

16. Say thank you.

Please thank our wonderful sponsors, vendors, and volunteers! Letting them know how much you enjoyed the day, it really affirms all the hard work that everyone puts into the event.

If you want to know more, visit the FEST website. I will see you on Sunday, August 7 at the FEST!

Cover Image Credit: Cari Shell

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"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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