Live acts and carnival games highlight St. David Fest

Live acts and carnival games highlight St. David Fest

By Zach Chouteau

The Richmond Standard’s ‘Rich Life’ segment dropped by the annual St. David Fall Festival Saturday afternoon and discovered a lively family affair offering a little of everything.

A variety of performances took to the outdoor stage at 871 Sonoma St., including the Broadway Rhythm Dance Co., Virginia Cooke Ukulele Trio, Galaxy Cheer and TJ’s Tin Roof.  

Plenty of food booths offered tasty eating options, and a BBQ contest brought other finger-licking fare to the forefront. Kids of all ages enjoyed the grassroots carnival games, which ranged from a makeshift ‘dunk tank’ to a ‘bottle ring toss’ where my five-year-old son showed off by nailing two shots in a row. My son, Logan, also loved a visit to the talented ‘face painter,’ who quickly crafted a cute little fox face onto his forearm.

Walgreen’s was even on hand with the offer of free flu shots, and a row of vendors included holiday wreaths themed for the Oakland Raiders and other pro teams. And costumed versions of Mickey Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, and Pluto the dog even showed up to amuse the younger crowd.

There was also a cozy petting zoo complete with ducks, chickens, sheep and even some miniature piggies.

Sponsors for the noon to 6 p.m. event were Peruvian Magic World, Broadway Rhythm Dance Co., TJ’s Tin Roof, Virginia Cooke, OSH, The Richmond Fire Department, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, Federation Brewing and the Knights of Columbus.

The event was organized and hosted by St. David School, located in East Richmond Heights on Sonoma Street. 

Zach Chouteau is a longtime travel writer and editor, and currently blogs about group and family getaways at Pineapple Go.