St. Anthony’s Harvest Festival runs today thru Sunday at church
The family-oriented St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church’s annual Harvest Festival is today, Saturday, and Sunday at the corner of Fremont and Sutter streets.
Admission to the threeday event is free.
The festival starts today from 6 to 9 p.m., and concludes on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Here’s what to expect each day of the festival:
Today from 6 to 9 p.m. – A free dinner in the Rec Room for every person who purchased a “tent raffle” ticket which proceeds were intended to fund the new festival tent. The ticket stub must be presented for the dinner which will consist of green salad, Portuguese beans, and smoked beef brisket. The other highlight of the evening will be the drawing for the tent raffle which will take place on the outdoor stage at 7 p.m. The first-prize ticket will win $10,000.
Also on Friday evening, children in Catechism will be stuffing “blessing bag socks” for the homeless in Manteca. That will be followed by the outdoor showing of the movie, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” starting at 8 p.m.
All favorite festival booths will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. These will include the Major Raffle, Pull Tabs, Silent Auction and Bingo. The usual gastronomical attractions such as tacos, beer, and lumpia (eggrolls) will be there. Back by popular demand each year also will be barbecue serving Bacon Mac N Cheese, chocolate-covered bacon, coleslaw, ribs and chicken to be served both Saturday and Sunday.
For the older crowd, Saturday’s highlight will be the Mike Torres Band playing on the outdoor stage from 6 to 9 p.m.
The festival will continue after the Mass, around noon. On tap in the afternoon will be the talent show, and silent auction with bidding ending at 4 p.m. The highlight on this day, as it has always been in previous decades, is the live auction featuring items ranging from animals, gift baskets and other “unique items.” While live animals were always part of the excitement in years past, that is no longer the case. Instead, photos and/or videos of the animals are presented to bidders.
TOP PHOTO: Harvest Festival volunteer Chuck Ray, left, helped set up the nickel pitch booth on Thursday. BOTTOM PHOTO: Harvest Festival co-chair Keith Wiendenhoeft helps with set up.