St. John Bosco Mission hosts 76th annual Mi Ranchita Fiesta
By Michel Nolan
A south-of-the-border fiesta is set for Saturday at the historic St. John Bosco Mission with lots of fresh Mexican food, children’s games, prizes, music and fun. The 76th annual Mi Ranchito (my lovely ranch) Fiesta is presented for the community each year by the parishioners.
“We will again feature a pit barbecue combination plate, taquitos with real guacamole, tacos, tostadas, tamales, hot dogs, snow cones with traditional sweet syrup, aguas frescas, pastries and a beer garden,” said Henrietta Chavez, Fiesta chairwoman.
Church youths will sponsor numerous children’s games with prizes to guarantee a fun-filled day for the entire family. The entertainment schedule features Ballet Folklorico Cultural, under the direction of Gloria Chavez, from 3 to 4 p.m.; Mariachi Sonidos de mi Tierra, from 4 to 6 p.m.; the church’s children’s dancers from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m.; and live music by the popular Full Circle dance band from 7 to 11 p.m.
The annual event is the mission’s major fundraiser. For several years, Fiesta proceeds have been designated for a much-needed sacristy. After a succession of required meetings, the new building has been approved and construction will soon begin.
“The Fiesta continues to be a success due to the collaborative effort of all our parishioners. The men and young boys set up booths, and mothers, children, grandmothers and great-grandmothers not only hand-fold colorful paper flowers to be used on the booths but also prepare what we consider our award-winning tamales,” said Lupe Perez, Fiesta co-chairwoman.
Fiesta gates open at 2 p.m. at St. John Bosco Mission, 28991 Merris St., Highland. Free parking is available.