Celebrating 21 Years of
a Great Community Tradition
Soon after St. Luke Church’s founding in 1946, the parish began a community tradition that
was quickly made famous not only for its offerings, but for the crowds it drew.
The parish founded an annual bazaar and ham dinner to foster a sense of community and raise funds for parish
This volunteer endeavor was made possible by the dedication and talents of its parishioners.
The men in the parish constructed the booths that housed the games and homemade
food. Several carnival rides were excitedly ridden over and over again by the brave. Also, a White Elephant booth served as
a giant garage sale with donations from parishioners.
much use, the booths wore down and under various circumstances the annual bazaars were cancelled around 1980, but excitedly
brought back in 1987 under the guidance of Father Thomas King.
Keeping with the times and idea surrounding the
event, the parish initiated the old tradition with a new name: The St. Luke Annual Fiesta. True to its roots, the event was
entirely volunteer-run. The fiesta was to be on a larger scale than the previous bazaars.
Rather than a ham dinner, a tradition of a delicious Sunday BBQ was held for numerous years. The
White Elephant Booth was replaced with a Country Corner Craft Boutique, containing original, handcrafted items, and the thrill
seekers have many more rides to choose from.
900 volunteers, young and old, work in the food and game booths throughout the weekend. The amazing part is that many of the
volunteers worked when the first bazaars began more than 50 years ago.
The Beer Garden is a popular site to eat, chat with friends, and watch the latest sports games on TV screens.
Besides numerous amusement park style rides, the fiesta features over 20 game booths, a Plant Booth, Silent Auction, and a
Grand Prize Raffle.
Also, don’t forget the many 50/50
raffles throughout the weekend, and be sure to stop by the Confetti Egg Booth to purchase a few confetti-filled eggs that
you can “gently smash” on friends’ and family members’ heads. All in the name of fun, of course!
This three-day event is a tremendous undertaking and the church depends on
the support and volunteerism of its parishioners and support from the community.
Approximately 10,000 people enjoy the good food, rides, and entertainment throughout the weekend
in a safe and clean environment.
We invite you to enjoy
the hospitality, community, and old-fashioned fun of the weekend!
Fiesta Fun Facts
•The St. Luke Fiesta has been rained on by April showers just a few times, but the rain has never shut down the fiesta.
•The annual bazaars were held in June, not April.
•The Fresh Fruit Booth was introduced at the 2006 fiesta.
•The Baked Goods Booth features homemade cakes, pies, cookies and other treats made by parishioners.
•The 1989 Fiesta, The Fabulous 50s, featured a juke box in the eating
•Country-western singing sensation Casey Simpson
headlined Saturday night at the 2002 and 2003 Fiestas. Casey Simpson appeared on Nashville Star in 2005.
•NBA Star Shaquille O’Neal’s autographed, size 22 playing
shoe was raffled at the 2000 Fiesta for over $1,000.
miss your chance to “splash” several well-known parishioners who will be featured in the Splash Booth throughout
•The 50/50 raffle on Saturday night usually
One of the most fun-filled and legendary aspects of the St. Luke Annual Fiesta is the Confetti Egg Booth.
For years, the young and old have purchased confetti-filled
eggs to “gently smash” on friends’ and family members’ heads - and then top it off with some silly
string. All in the name of fun, of course!
of surprising someone from behind with a confetti egg is a memory many can share. This year’s supply of confetti eggs
tops over 15,000!