The tents are up and carnival rides are in the process of being assembled.
The activity taking place on the grounds of means only one thing. Spring Jubilee is back.
St. Stephen Catholic Church and School will host its 11th annual Spring Jubilee Thursday, April 19, to Sunday, April 22, at 10428 Saint Stephen Circle, Riverview, off Boyette Road.
As in past years, this year's jubilee will feature a food tent with a variety of offerings, carnival games and thrill rides for jubilee-goers of every age.
St. Stephen parishioner Gene Batronie is the director of the Spring Jubilee for the second year. He said this year's Spring Jubilee has something for everyone including live music by local bands Luna Blue and XChange Band, the Mulrennan Middle School Jazz Band, a St. Stephen Idol show Thursday at 7 p.m., the Candy Apples from Riverview High School, an entertainment revue along with performances by dance and karate studios.
A hotdog-eating contest is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. and a Pirates Treasure Hunt for kids will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. during which kids will hunt for prizes including tickets to Disney World, said Batronie.
Food booths, manned by parishioners, include barbecue, Mexican, N'awlins, Philly cheese steaks, Beef O' Brady's, Latin Flavor, fried desserts and Dogs N' Fries. There also will be hand-squeezed lemonade, tea, sodas, beer and wine.
Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the festival and will feature more than 60 prizes including $2,500 cash, a 50-inch screen television, passes to Sea World and a $500 gift certificate for a King Limousine ride.
Attendees can purchase wristbands for the carnival rides for $16 in advance or $20 the day of the event. New this year, is a Military Appreciation Day with discounted armbands and food for service personnel.
Last year, more than 25,000 people attended the Spring Jubilee.
Hours are Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit the Spring Jubilee website.