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Annual Ham or Chicken Dinner and Festival - Our 123rd Year!

July 28, 2019 - Over 1,500 Dinners will be served from 12:00 noon until 5:30pm (or sold out)

The Annual Frenchtown Ham or Chicken Dinner held on the last Sunday in July is a major fundraiser benefiting both St. Hippolyte and Our Lady of Lourdes.

The first dinner was served under the direction of Reverend Eugene Cogneville featuring a chicken fricassee dinner served on the church lawn. World War I and World War II interrupted the dinners, but they resumed after World War II under the direction of Reverend Richard Tellers. Dinners have been held annually ever since, always on the last Sunday of July.

Originally all food was prepared in the homes of parishioners and donated, but changes over the years made it necessary to purchase the supplies and prepare the food at the church. Parishioners still donate potatoes and make pies. Workers begin cleaning the chicken at about 5:00am on the day of the dinner. It is then par-boiled and barbecued over charcoal. Over 1,500 dinners are served between 12 noon and 6:00pm.

The dinner and festival is a major fund raiser for the parish benefiting both Saint Hippolyte Church in Frenchtown, PA and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Cochranton, PA and is always held on the LAST SUNDAY IN JULY.

Advance dinner tickets can be purchased after July 1st. Simply mail your check to the church office (25997 St Hwy 27, Guys Mills, PA 16327), enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and your tickets will be mailed to you.


1/2 of a barbecued chicken or a generous portion of ham
home-made mashed potatoes with gravy
home-made coleslaw
green beans
applesauce, rolls, butter, beverage
pie for dessert

Dinner Prices:

$10 for adults
$9 for senior citizens
$7 for children under 12

Take out dinners and outdoor seating available.

Festival Features:

Games for all ages!
Bingo Tent
Gift Auction (with over 100 prizes!)
Quilt/Afghan Raffle
50-50 Raffles
Coolworld for the kids!

Saint Hippolyte Church on Route 27, 7 miles east of Meadville.