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57th Harvest Festival takes place Sept. 19-20
Xavier Reyes, left, and Mateo Rossi had fun at last year’s St. Anthony’s Harvest Festival bubble blowing machine booth. This year’s festival is Sept. 19-20. For more information, call Joyce Risso at (209) 499-2737. - photo by Bulletin file photo
The Harvest Festival at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is scheduled for next month.

The theme for the 57th annual event is “Alive For God in Christ Jesus.”

The festival times are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and after the outdoor mass to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

The church and community event will take place on the corner of Fremont and Sutter streets in Manteca, with music, singers and dancers serving as part of the entertainment.

A karaoke contest is also scheduled. Contact Carlos Campos at 406-4768 for more information.
But it’s the food and games that usually attracts the festival goers.

Joyce Risso said Friday that tacos de asada is the latest of the food choices. Included are the regular tacos, tamales, lumpia, linguicia, strawberry short cake, pizza, ice cream cappuccino, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, baked potatoes, corn of the cob, and churros.

Those attending the festival also look forward to the farmer’s market and beer garden.

Fun and games will once again include the bounce house, darts and balloons, face paintings, ping pong toss, putting green, obstacle course, confetti eggs, bookworm, grab-a-duck, horserace, preschool games, smash cans, chance pull tabs, milk can toss, parish creations, basketball, nickel pitch, and jail.

A silent auction is planned for the gymnasium on both days while a live action is scheduled for 1 p.m. that Sunday.

As for the special attractions, the St. Anthony’s bazaar is featuring a meal prepared and served by the Knights of Columbus among the second day happenings. Cost is $5 for children under age 10 and $10 for adults.

A seven-night stay at a Northern California Wyndham Resort for up to four people is this year’s first-place prize along with of $1,000 in cash.

Tickets are available at the parish office or the festival. Cost is $1 each, six for $5, and 12 for $10. Winners need not be present to win.

Proceeds from the Harvest Festival will benefit the parish programs and improve facilities.

For more information, call Joyce Risso at (209) 499-2737.