Church resumes fiesta

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

St. Helen Catholic Church members are hoping to revive their annual fiesta.

This weekend’s fiesta is the first in about four years, according to fiesta organizer Sandra Salguero. She said the fiesta is not just for church members but also the community.

“We want to get it going again,” Salguero said. “All proceeds go to the building fund.”

On Saturday, adults and children took part in activities such as a cakewalk, dunking booth, duck pond, bingo and other activities. Food booths were also set up in the Parish Hall, selling everything from hamburgers to menudo to pit barbecue.

“So far it’s pretty good,” said church member Yvonne Trujillo, who was enjoying the food, along with her children.

Trujillo said she attended past fiestas and her family looks forward to the event.

A car show featuring 21 cars was also taking place out on the lawn of the church.

“It’s nice to have everybody come out and check out the cars and participate in the feast of St. Helen’s,” said Richard Trujillo, car show organizer.

A yellow and black Pittsburgh Steelers-themed 1981 Chevy lowrider pickup was one of the vehicles on display. Owner Robert Montoya Jr. said he has spent the last few years fixing his pickup up and still has plans to continue fixing the pickup as he can.

“I do a little at a time as I can,” Montoya said.

Today, a horseshoe tournament, auction and queen coronation will take place. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with the Mass and continue until 5 p.m. The queen coronation will take place during Mass, Salguero said.

“The queen will represent St. Helen in a lot of functions, like the State Fair and city and county activities,” Salguero said.