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St. Anthony Festival Plans for Thousands on Oct. 6-8

  • By Chuck Lyons

   San Gabriel – More than 16,000 people of many ages are expected to visit St. Anthony Catholic Church on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, 2017 as the church celebrates its 69th birthday with its Annual Family Fall Festival on the church grounds. Many people from local communities in San Gabriel Valley and beyond will attend to celebrate, said St. Anthony Family Fall Festival Chairperson Dan Cendejas.

   “The Family Fall Festival is an annual birthday celebration for St. Anthony Church to bring your family and friends from the parish and local communities together to enjoy the festivities,” he said. “This year famous regional bands will perform with Susie Hansen Latin Band on Oct. 6, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cold Duck on Oct. 7, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and The Reel Band on Oct. 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.”

   The festival will include a variety of international foods, rides, games, bingo, free entertainment, and the “famous” cake walk, said Cendejas.  “Every year we have great food and it’s amazing how many people wait for an opportunity to win a cake or other baked good in the cake walk. People have a lot of fun.”

   “The festival features a family-friendly environment,” said Cendejas. He continued, “Carnival rides light up the night with their many shiny lights, laughter and cheers come from the rides as eager teens and youth and their friends enjoy the thrills of the rides and games for all ages. The food court has an array of international foods and treats. The beer garden includes a stage with live entertainment as you enjoy your food, drinks and talk with friends. Remember to try the famous cake walk! Catchup with friends at the Charger Cafe and be part of a 69-year-old tradition in celebrating the Annual Family Fall Festival to benefit St Anthony Parish and School and to help people in the local community.”

   Festival hours will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 7, and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.

   This year the drawing grand prize is a 2017 Nissan Versa hatchback or $10,000 cash and there is a second place award of $2,000 cash, a third place award of $1,000 and a fourth place award of $500.

   More information is available from St. Anthony Church, 1901 S. San Gabriel Blvd.,

(north side of 10 Freeway at Marshall) San Gabriel, CA 91776, phone 626-288-8912 and Free parking is available on nearby streets. The festival (walk in) entrance is on Marshall about 100 feet west of San Gabriel Boulevard.

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