September 2, 2011 > Autumn Festival
By Isabella Ohlmeyer
Summer is coming to an end and the fall season is commencing, so celebrate the change of seasons with the City of Milpitas and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at their 7th annual Autumn Festival.
According to Festival Chairperson Rizalina Santoro, "The main purpose of the festival is to bring together the people of different communities and share the cultural diversity in the different venues and events that will be offered throughout the weekend."
The festival is a three-day event starting September 9 with games, food, rummage sale, bingo, silent auction and other fun activities. At 6 p.m. on September 9, there will be musical entertainment from the South Bay School of Music Arts, and on September 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. instrumental music will be provided by the Millennium Orchestra.
Paul Maurer Shows will be producing the carnival rides at the festival, which include Fun Slide, Dizzy Dragon, Zendar, Mind Winder, Super Trucks and more. Discounted tickets will be sold for a limited time before the festival ($10 for 20 tickets). At the festival, 24 tickets will be $20. Discounted carnival tickets and Extravaganza Ticket Booklets will be available for purchase at all Saturday and Sunday masses at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Extravaganza Booklets cost $25 with 5 tickets in each booklet; the purchase includes entry into a raffle for extraordinary prizes. There will be eight winners of the raffle: first place - $10,000, second place - $2,000, and third place - $1,000. Consolation prizes are an Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo 3DS, a Wii, and a Kindle.
The fun continues at a variety of game booths where you can test your skills at Balloon Dart, Milk Toss, Obstacle Course, Boom Blaster, Football Challenge and others.
Of course, every festival needs food! There will be juicy hamburgers and hot dogs,
Philly Cheesesteaks, Mexican food, Vietnamese cuisines and many more zesty meal options. And don't miss the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning where for $5.50 you'll be served three pancakes, scrambled eggs, two bacon, two sausages, and fruit along with orange juice, coffee or tea.
Attendees can purchase strips of tickets for $5 to use at both food and game booths; the cost of food and games will be posted on each booth.
Admission to the festival is free, and parking is also free and available in the Serra Shopping Center at the corner of Serra Way and Able Street.
Generous sponsors of the event include the Pacific Times who donated $100, Estonami with a donation of $300, and the Huelan, Santora, Folisilda, and Mateo families who gave $1,000 each in support of the festival.
Local businesses, non-profit groups, and individual donors can help sponsor the event, raise funds, or provide equipment for activities. In exchange, coordinators of the Autumn Festival will provide promotional opportunities. For any questions or more information, visit http://www.sjbparish.org/festival.
Friday, Sept 9 - Sunday, Sept 11
Friday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
279 S. Main Street, Milpitas
Performance by South Bay School of Music Arts
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. performance by Millennium Orchestra
Carnival Closes at 10 p.m.