Gustine festa concludes in fine form

dyawger@mercedsunstarSeptember 10, 2013 

— This city’s nine-day festa went smoothly, with nearly 5,000 people taking part in the event’s wide range of activities.

Flori Nunes, a director with the Our Lady of Miracles Society, said more than 2,000 people watched the concluding bloodless bullfight Monday night in Bella Vista Park.

“It went very well,” Nunes said. “Nobody was hurt. It was a beautiful festa.”

Judi Gandy, executive director of the Gustine Chamber of Commerce, said the festa brings many people to Gustine, with restaurants, pizza parlors and other businesses quite busy throughout the weekend despite the weather being warmer than normal.

Gandy did not have any figures on this festa’s financial impact on Gustine.

Nunes said the festa’s fund-raising activities were very successful, but specific information about how much money was raised for the Our Lady of Miracles Catholic Church parish won’t be available until a festa in November.

This year a tent was installed across the street from the church, enabling the customary overflow crowd to experience the Mass via a wide-screen television feed. This addition seemed to be well-received, officials said.

The festa included several parades and processionals, a daily Mass, dances, meals and the crowning of festa queens.

Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dyawger@mercedsunstar.com.

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