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St. Anthony's Summer Fiesta coming this weekend

Police, fire agencies will be represented at fundraiser

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Forest Grove has combined its annual Summer Fest with its Mexican Dinner to create the first annual Summer Fiesta this coming Sunday.

Three years ago, the church created Summer Fest to replace its longtime spaghetti dinner fundraiser, which

had been losing fundraising steam. The first Summer Fest was wildly successful, drawing roughly 1,600 people. But last year’s attendance dropped

by about half as extreme

heat seemed to keep visitors away.

The desire to avoid extreme heat is one reason the event was moved from August to September, where it coincided with the church’s annual Mexican Dinner, said Sara Marshall, one of the organizers. “We do have more tents this year, so lots of shade,” Marshall said.

One local weather forecast predicts temperatures in the low 80s on the day of the event — just missing a 90-degree forecast for the day before.COURTESY FILE PHOTOS - Children dress up in their best duds for the dance performances at St. Anthonys Summer Fiesta (formerly Summer Fest), as seen in this photo from a previous year.

Summer Fiesta runs from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in the field across from the chu``Vrch at the corner of Elm Street and 15th Avenue. Missing from the lineup this year are the bounce castle, pony rides and cow-roping feature. But the usual dancing, pie-eating and watermelon-eating contests (with prizes!), soccer tournament, music and craft vendors will be back, perhaps with a dunk tank as well. Police and firefighters will also be on hand to visit with people and show off their vehicles to curious children.

The food and carnival games will be affordable to help make this event fun for all ages.

In addition to Mexican food, vendors will offer hamburgers, fruit, Italian sodas and iced coffee. Call Sara Marshall at 503-888-5311 to rent vendor space.