VERO BEACH ― The St. Helen’s Harvest Festival, a Vero Beach tradition since 1965, needs to pause this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Harvest Festival is an annual community event that supports the parish and St. Helen Catholic School.

In its place, the Harvest Festival Committee is presenting outdoor movie nights. Hometown News is a proud sponsor of this event.

On Thurs., Nov. 19, thru Sat., Nov. 21 the St. Helen’s field will be set up as an outdoor movie theater. There will be a different movie each night, and attendees can purchase a socially distanced Movie Box to set up lawn chairs and blankets.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and movies start at 7 p.m.

On Thurs., Nov. 19, the feature is “The Wizard of Oz,” one of the greatest family films ever made. On Fri., Nov. 20, enjoy “Jumanji: The Next Level.” The movie festival closes on Sat., Nov. 21, with the Robert Downey Jr. version of “Dolittle.”

For $50, attendees get a Movie Box, a six foot by six foot, socially distanced, pre-marked space. Movie Boxes are limited to 157 and available on a first come, first served basis. Movie Boxes comfortably fit four adults, with a limit of six people per box.

Movie Box assignments will be determined by date of purchase. If your party is greater than six people, reserve additional Movie Boxes in the same purchase order to comfortably accommodate your party.

Requests made from separate orders by friends or family to be assigned adjacent Movie Boxes can best be accommodated when purchased on the same day, but cannot be guaranteed.

Movie Boxes will be distanced six feet apart from one another, providing spacing from other attendees.

Masks will be encouraged in boxes, and required when patrons move about for concessions or any other purpose outside of your assigned Movie Box.

No tickets will be issued. Check in with your reservation name to be given your assigned Movie Box location.

The Patron Saint Raffle sponsored by Schlitt Insurance will draw one winner of $1,000 each night. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000; second prize is $5,000. Other prizes include a bike, TV, grandfather clock, and gift cards.

Raffle tickets are one for $20; three for $50; six for $100.

A concession stand will be available at the event for drinks, snacks, and Harvest Festival favorites like donuts, corn on the cob, cotton candy, popcorn, sweet tea, and soft drinks. The concession stand will only take cash.

The most popular hot meals from the Harvest Festival are also available if ordered in advance. Use the Order Food link at the website.

Those not attending the movie nights can also pre-order hot meals at the website for takeout. The time window for takeout meals will be 4:30-5:30 p.m., with a drive through pick up in the eastside parking lot.

No pets are allowed at the movie nights.

St. Helen Catholic Church is located at 2085 Tallahassee Ave., Vero Beach.

For more information, or to purchase tickets or hot food, visit

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