St. John's Picnic Gator

A John Deer Gator will be the grand prize given out as part of a raffle during St. John's Picnic Sunday in Princeton.

Join St. John’s Catholic Church in Princeton Sunday as it hosts its annual picnic.

St. John’s is offering activities for all ages. Antique cars will roll in by 8 a.m. to set up for the car show and will be on view until 2 p.m.

Then, the Cornhole Tournament check-in is at 9 a.m., with games beginning at 9:15. This is a 30-team, double-elimination tournament for participants 15 years and older. The winning team earns a payout of $300 and second place earns $150. If a 20th team signs up, a third place prize of $75 will be awarded

and if 30 teams sign up there will be a fourth place prize of $50.

Online registration is being accepted now at and will be accepted Sunday morning if space is available.

Dinner, music and games begin at 11 a.m. The famous chicken dinner consisting of 1/4 chicken, potatoes and gravy, stuffing, kraut, dill pickle, dinner roll, homemade dessert and coffee, milk and water for $15 will be served in the air-conditioned school gym. Individuals may choose to dine outside under the tent, take dinner home or have it delivered (call Patti 920-299-6016).

Tickets may be purchased online at or purchased at the door, but there is a limit of 750 meals. Tuba Dan will play under the tent for listening and dancing enjoyment.

Individuals who want something on the lighter side to eat, there will be a brat, burger, hotdog and soda stand. Adult refreshments also will be served, which includes domestic beer, Ripon’s Knuth Brewering Co. top-selling speciality beer and Vines & Rushes Winery’s wines.

This year, children will be able to play their games for free and still win prizes.

For the second year, there is the online auction that began Sat., Aug 7, but it doesn't end until Sunday at 2 p.m. This year, there are 14 items for bid. Go to St. John’s website at for the link to bid on items. Individuals should pay attention to the ending time for each auction as they have been staggered to allow people to make final bids if they are interested in more than one item.

There is one sad note in St. John’s plans. The UW-Marching Band was going to be the culmination to the picnic leading into the raffle drawing, but unfortunately had to cancel this engagement, as well as others on their schedule.

However, there still will be excitement as St. John’s will announce the winning bidders in the online auctions at 2 p.m. Winners of the cornhole tournament will be announced and prizes awarded and then the big finish with the Big Raffle drawing. The raffle has gained much interest this year, with the grand prize being a John Deere Gator, second place being an Amana washer/dryer, third place being $1,000 and then the list goes on with 91 more prizes. The prizes will be on display Sunday and ready for pick up. Tickets will be on sale at the picnic until 2 p.m. Individuals may purchase one for $5 or 5 for $20. Individuals who can’t make the picnic, but are interested in tickets, may call Sarah at 920-229-1566.

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