St. Louis de Montfort brings festival to Fishers


By Jessica Hoover

A local church and school, St. Louis de Montfort, will hold its annual fall festival Sept. 30. The Shannon Smiles 5K will begin at 8 a.m. to start the day while the actual festival will run from 2 to 11 p.m.


Jeff Klenke, co-chair of the SLDM Fall Festival, said the name of the 5K was changed in honor of one of St. Louis de Monfort’s teachers, Shannon O’Malia Hall, after her death in 2014. Hall left behind two children, and the church will  give a portion of the proceeds from the 5K to the Connor and Danny Hall Trust Fund to help the children pay for college. The remaining proceeds  will go toward the St. Nicholas Fund, which helps families in need around Indianapolis.

“Shannon was such a warm and cheerful person,” Klenke said. “Her personality and positive attitude would light up a room. We were able to donate over $11,000 to the St. Nicholas Fund last year. This is how her legacy lives. She has a direct, positive impact on every family that the St. Nicholas Fund was able to assist with those funds.”

Registration for the 5K is $25 per person with a maximum of $75 per family with the price increasing $10 for late registration. The registration fee includes a race timer, bib, T-shirt and goodie bag.

Starting at 2 p.m., the festival will have live music and entertainment by the SLDM Battle of the Bands, Johnny Caribe & the Island Girl and LemonWheel. The festival also will have inflatables, a game tent, carnival games and a teen tent for children in seventh grade and up. For adults, there will be a beer garden hosted by Sun King Brewery.

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