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Fiesta brings families together

Family-friendly festival kicks off its 65th year in the SCV

Posted: September 18, 2009 10:41 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Two-year-old Valerie Sherman hangs on as she rides a carnival ride at the 65th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Barbecue Fiesta on Friday.

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Angela Fisher has gone to Our Lady of Perpetual Help's carnival since she was 9. Now, the 14-year-old volunteers in hopes that she can provide the same sense of fun that she felt as a younger child.

"They really get a kick out of it like I did when I was their age," she said.

The 65th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Barbecue Fiesta will be held evenings this weekend at 23233 Lyons Ave. in Newhall.

While food and ticket prices vary, admission is open to the public and chairman Rick Montoya estimates that 25,000 people will pass through their gates. All proceeds will to benefit OLPH church and elementary school.

"Our theme this year is ‘come and have a little bit fun,'" he said. "People (have) been having a hard time this year, just come here and have a great time with us and forget about everything for three days."

In addition to live music, the event offers a merry-go-round, thrill rides such as the Mega Loop and Rock-o-Plane and rave-themed dance for teenagers called "TechnoSpace."

Volunteer Ashley Collins, 14, looks forward to the jovial, family-friendly vibe of the fair.

"It's like a big huge party for the whole community," she said.

Case in point: Emmanuel Villegas, 15, has attended the event for almost 10 years.

"I met one of my friends (here) that moved away a long time ago," he said. "This is the one event I always see him (at)."

For adults and kids alike, Montoya hopes this coming together of people will ease their burden, if only for a few days.

"The tough times that the people are having, they just come together right now," he said. "Everybody's in the same boat."

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