Mission San Antonio’s Fiesta draws crowd

Contributed Photos | Fiesta guests feast on a chicken barbecue at the Mission grounds. Below, author Edie Littlefield Sundby talks about her book “The Mission Walker”; members of the King City Knights of Columbus help with the cooking; and a crowd gathers for the Fiesta’s opening ceremony.

Annual event attracts 500-plus guests

JOLON — Mission San Antonio de Padua recently hosted its annual Fiesta, drawing hundreds of guests to its grounds near Jolon for an afternoon of food, dancing and celebration.

The June 9 fundraiser began with a Catholic Mass in honor of the Mission’s patron saint, St. Anthony de Padua, followed by a chicken barbecue served to about 543 people with the help of the King City Knights of Columbus.

New this year was a presentation by guest speaker Edie Littlefield Sundby, author of “The Mission Walker,” who shared her 1,600-mile trek along California’s mission trail and signed books for those in attendance.

Los Missioneros and a DJ provided music for the Fiesta, which also included tours of the Mission grounds and a display of crafts from local artisans.

Funds raised from the Fiesta will go toward the final phases of Mission San Antonio’s multi-million-dollar restoration project to meet state-mandated seismic standards for buildings.

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Contributed Photos | Fiesta guests feast on a chicken barbecue at the Mission grounds. Below, author Edie Littlefield Sundby talks about her book “The Mission Walker”; members of the King City Knights of Columbus help with the cooking; and a crowd gathers for the Fiesta’s opening ceremony.


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