By Yolanda Nájera-Ewing
“The Fiesta Car Show this year is going to be the biggest so far,” offered Fiesta Chairman Steve Lopez at last Monday evenings Fiesta Committee meeting held at Saint Mary’s Center.
The car show along with the parade will kick off this year’s Saint Francis Church annual Fiestas Patrias. The car show will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 with cars lining up on both sides of Main Street in front of the church. Joe and Patti Castaneda have organized and chaired this event since its inception. The car show will honor the memory of Joe Castaneda who recently passed. Many out of state car clubs will be participating in honor of Joe’s memory.
The majority of Fiestas Patrias booths will open early in the morning. Food booths will include menudo, chile and bean burros, pastries, meat empanadas, Indian fry bread, nachos, snow cones, pickles, popcorn and more. There will be flavored drinks, sodas and water. There will also be game booths and booths selling a variety of items. Additionally, there will be a horseshoe tournament held in the parking area just west of the Casita and stage.
A giant, five-foot, fluffy panda will be awarded to the lucky individual who wins the give-away being conducted by Stella Castro. She is raising funds for her cake walk at the fiesta. Stella is accepting donations of $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets.
Marcella Garcia is in charge of the Fiesta Queen candidates. There are four: Marisa Loren Estatico, Alessya Joseleen Green, Malaya Angel Martinez and Keana Cruz Torres. The girls will be riding one of the fiesta parade floats, but with all of their scheduled activities, they are really short on time. They are requesting donations of red, white and green flowers for their float. Anyone willing to help, should contact Marcella at 480-532-0068.
The Tameron family and the Guzman family will be decorating the fiesta stage and the surrounding area. All are waiting to see the final product.
The Saint Francis Knights of Columbus will be in charge of setting up and cleaning up both days of the fiesta. This is a task that these men have undertaken for almost every year of the 34 years St. Francis has been sponsoring a community fiesta. They need all the help they can get, and ask volunteers to contact the Parish Office at 520-689-2250. Once again, the knights are donating to the Fiesta money they have earned throughout the year.
Bille Jo Villaverde is acquiring and coordinating the entertainment for the fiesta. She has reported that Dezert Boyz, Ghost, Da Beast of MUMG, and Superiors who own J Rydad will be entertaining the fiesta crowds from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. While Los Implikos, an area band, will start off the evening entertainment by playing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will be followed by Angie Gomez and J. Rydah, Dezert Boyz, Bernadette Munoz, Baile Folklorico Alma de Superior, a talent show, again Los Implikos, El Grito at 11 p.m. and Los Implikos will top off the entertainment for Saturday night.
Many donations are still needed. All booths (especially the soda booth, burro booth and cake walk) are still in need of donations. Volunteers will gladly be welcomed.