On Sunday, Feb, 25, the North Platte Catholic Schools will hold the 43rd annual Irish Fest at St. Patrick’s High School.

The festival is from noon- 3 p.m. at the high school, 500 So. Silber.

The festival features a roast beef dinner, complete with croissants donated by Dunkin’ Donuts, plus a mini-carnival and prizes.

The Fun Jumpz, a silent auction, bake sale and a raffle will be part of the afternoon.

The public is invited.

This year, the Irish Fest Raffle offers a $1,000 cash prize, $250 cash prize, $500 SCRIP gift card certificate, 100 pounds of ground beef from the Lincoln County Feedyard, a $100 gift certificate to CT Computer Services of North Platte, and a $100 gift certificate to Dave’s Place.

Raffle tickets are $2 each (or 10 for $15) and are on sale now through Feb. 25. Tickets can be purchased from any McDaid or St. Patrick’s student, at the North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment office (601 S. Tabor), or at McDaid and St. Patrick’s schools.

Raffle tickets will also be sold at Irish Fest. The drawing will take place at 2:50 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.

The festival, originally called “Mardi Gras,” was celebrated by the North Platte Catholic Schools on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975. In the early years, it was held on “Fat Tuesday” prior to the start of the Lenten season. Later, the date was changed to Sunday, and it has been a tradition since.

For the past 43 years, Irish Fest has involved hundreds of volunteers and the proceeds have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to the operating budget of the North Platte Catholic School system.

For more information, contact Endowment Director Wendy Dodson at 534-5939.