Festival on First returns this weekend

T-R FILE PHOTO - St. Mary Catholic Church will again host the Festival on First Sept. 16. The event will be open to the public and include food, games, kids activities and more.

Food, fun and fellowship.

Sister Christine Feagan, OP, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church said that’s what visitors to this year’s Festival on First will find. The celebration will run 1-5 p.m. Sunday on First Street between Linn and Church streets on the west side of the church, 9 W. Linn St.

Feagan said all are invited. Food is a key part of the festival and there will be “lots of great food, all kinds of Mexican food, but we’re also going to have pork burgers and hot dogs.”

Additionally, she said there will be ice cream and other types of desserts for visitors to enjoy.

Families can bring their kids to the celebration.

For the kids that are under 6, there’s a little duck pond, mini-golf and bounce houses, Feagan said.

One activity adults may enjoy is a game of Lotería, a game similar to Bingo that uses a deck of cards showing different pictures. Although the game will be led in Spanish, Feagan said non-Spanish speakers can still enjoy the game because it’s based on the pictures on the cards.

There will also be five opportunities to win raffle prizes.

“Every hour, there’s an instant raffle,” Feagan said. “When you buy a ticket for a dollar, you’re buying five chances to win.”

Music will also play a major role in this year’s festival.

“We have a praise group that’s going to sing in Spanish, then we have the mTunes,” Feagan said. There will also be an organist performance, as well as a trio of Mexican folk singers to help celebrate Mexican Independence Day, also on Sept. 16.

Feagan said she looks forward to the festival, especially with favorable weather forecasted. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures in the mid-80s the day of the festival.

“It’s a chance to enjoy something a little bit different,” Feagan said.

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