St. John Neumann Catholic Church held their annual SonFest event on June 13 and 14. Over 6,000 people attended the 4th annual carnival event, which was sponsored by American Burger Company. The event kicked off Friday night with a special appearance from Drex, Maney and Cassiday of the “Drex and Maney Morning Show” on KISS 95.1 FM. The all-star radio hosts guest emceed on the main stage, moderated the 1st annual Hamburger Eating Contest and called a few rounds of BINGO in the Parish Hall. “We are so honored to have Drex and Maney back for the second year in a row,” said St. John Neumann’s Pastor Patrick Hoare. “This year we had the pleasure of having Cassiday with them and they were one of the entertainment highlights on Friday night.” Kids of all ages enjoyed several rides, including Thomas the Train, Paratrooper, Way Out Swing, a 3 Ring Circus bounce house, Bungee Trampoline and a Super Slide. The midway featured several carnival games like the Ring Toss, Balloon Darts, Putt Putt, Quarterback Challenge and Water Race. A variety of ethnic and carnival-friendly foods were anvailable for purchase. To escape the heat, visitors went inside to the Parish Hall to place bids on the Silent Auction or play some BINGO. The Silent Auction featured a variety of items such as an autographed football, golf packages, spa services, and tickets to sporting events. The entertainment schedule featured 12 bands including the return of Relentless Flood, Waiting Hill and Bought by Blood. The event closed Saturday night with a spectacular fireworks show, sponsored by Keffer Automotive. “Our fireworks show is one of kind,” said Anthony Morlando, who has been the Event Director every year since its inception in 2010. “People can sit on the hill in front of the baseball field and watch the show up close and personal like no other event in town.” A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the AGAPE Dental Ministry, an organization that provides free dental care to underprivileged residents of the Charlotte area. Patients who qualify financially are offered a full range of dental services, administered by a staff of volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.