St. Jude Catholic Church to host International Food Festival Sept 12-13
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard about all the many activities that will take place at the St. Jude Catholic Church Rummage Sale and International Food Festival Friday-Saturday, Sept. 12-13.
“The purpose of the event is to raise money for the church’s Blessed Mother Teresa Outreach (BMTO) and The Gabriel Project and to promote fellowship,” Festival Chairperson Vickie Weaver said.
“We are all wearing matching T-shirts and the 40 community businesses that supported the event have their names printed on the back. A merchant bag with business cards, pens and notepads, will be given out to visitors at the gate,” Weaver said.
The rummage sale is both days and the food festival is Saturday, Sept. 13.
“This is going to be a huge event,” Weaver said.
Saturday’s festival will feature bounce houses, Clydesdale horse rides, a variety of vendors, live music, chuckwagon cooking, cakewalk, tractor-pulled train ride and much more.
The grand prize giveaway is four tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game.
BMTO helps needy Cedar Creek Lake citizens pay utility bills or gas for transportation to and from doctor appointments.
“Sometimes the monetary funds drop near zero,” Weaver said. “We appreciate the support and know we live in a great community that helps its fellow man,” she added.
St. Jude parishioner Cynthia Snyder also spoke about The Gabriel Project program which provides help to women and babies in need.
“The Gabriel Project gives food, baby items, transportation and support,” Snyder said.
“The church acts as a safety net and assures mothers they we will provided for,” she added.
Gun Barrel City Manager Gerry Boren attended the meeting in support of St. Jude, the festival and its projects.
“At this year’s parade (in December), we will ask everyone to bring diapers for The Gabriel Project,” Boren said.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• Make A Difference Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Electronic recycling and paper shredding will be available at the Mabank Pavilion. However, volunteers are needed for loading and unloading.
• the Rotary Club will give away 600 dictionaries to Kemp, Mabank, Malakoff and Eustace students sometime early this week.
• The second annual Cedar Creek Lake Lawnmower Races in Gun Barrel City are set for Saturday, Oct 4. The event will also feature a brisket cook-off and local young talent.