St. An­thony’s Har­vest Fes­ti­val runs today thru Sun­day at church

Ripon Bulletin - - Local -

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.

HIME ROMERO/The Bul­letin

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.


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