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Newhall church raises funds with weekend barbecue and carnival

Posted: September 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

From left, Amanda Blumel, 7, and Mia Tomilin, 7, both of Newhall, enjoy a ride at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help barbecue and carnival in Newhall.

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Though it all started with a barbecue, an overwhelming sense of community has become tradition at the 68th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help carnival and barbecue on Lyons Avenue in Newhall.

The weekend event will corral food, music, dance shows, carnival games and rides into one small parking lot today from 3-11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Everyone just treats each other like family,” said Ceasar Romo, 16, a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church’s confirmation program.

“It’s a tradition not just for this church, but for the whole community,” Monsignor Richard Martini said. “It’s like a homecoming. It’s their chance to come back together and connect and see their old friends.”

But many still come for the food.

Veteran cook Greg Fairchild’s deep-pit, slow-cooked pulled pork brings greedy stomachs back year after year.

Stands of barbecue, Italian, Mexican and Filipino foods drew crowds of pleased carnival-goers with diverse palettes.

As sausages sizzled and tortillas toasted, volunteer cooks from the community whipped up the same recipes passed down from year to year.

“We’ve just been handing it down from person to person,” volunteer cook Annette Martinez said of the recipe for the Italian sausage simmering behind her.

More than 20,000 people will savor famous OLPH recipes, ride roller coasters, enjoy local entertainment and try their hands at carnival games over the weekend, Ed Brown, the event’s chairman, said.

All proceeds from the event will fund a new church building, and OLPH hopes to raise more than $100,000 in donations.

“Step by step, we hope that the funds help get us closer to that dream,” Martini said. “We’re striving to make this the best year.”

The fair continues this weekend on the church’s grounds on Lyons Avenue, just east of Orchard Village Road. Admission is free.



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