The lights of the midway light up Holy Family Church’s Summerfest carnival last year.

Rides, food, live entertainment and more are in store this week as Holy Family Catholic Church’s Summerfest returns for the 16th year.

The only large carnival in the Newark area, the five-day event kicks off Wednesday, July 10, and runs through Sunday, July 14.

Operating hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 1 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free, but attendees must pay to enjoy the rides. Holy Family is selling day passes to ride all rides for $20 on Wednesday and Thursday and $22 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A “mega pass” can be purchased for $40 to access all the rides for all five days.

Limited parking is available at the church, and a free shuttle will be provided from Kirk Middle School.

The carnival is expected to draw 15,000 to 20,000 people to the church grounds at the intersection of East Chestnut Hill Road and Gender Road.

The carnival, which began as a way to celebrate the church’s 25th anniversary and over the years grew into a large event, is Holy Family’s biggest fundraiser.

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