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St. Rose de Lima festival attracts crowd hungry for food, fun

There was penty of food and fun at the 90th St. Rose de Lima Heritage Festival in Bay St. Louis on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News) There was penty of food and fun at the 90th St. Rose de Lima Heritage Festival in Bay St. Louis on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

It’s been going on for 90 years, and the St. Rose de Lima Heritage Festival shows no sign of slowing down. The Bay St. Louis event always attracts a crowd hungry for food, and hungry for fun.

It’s not the St. Rose de Lima Heritage Festival without music. Or without the food. Or without the games.

And there was plenty of all of it.

“Feels wonderful. It’s very successful,” said organizer Barbara Carver. “Last year we made $3,000. So hopefully, we'll do that or more this time.”

Organizer Barbara Carver has kept herself and others like William Curtis Washington busy all week to get ready for the show. But for everybody, it’s a labor of love.

“Everybody gets involved. The whole community from all over comes out,” said volunteer William Curtis Washington. “They come from all over the world. It’s like a family reunion.”

The event attracts thousands of people for the 12 hours it is open on the parish grounds on Necaise Avenue. In addition to all the food, there is also a silent auction with several interesting items up for bid.

Randy Adam has been coming to the event since he was a kid, and has volunteered for many of those years.

“I’ve been cutting meat for many years, and I’ve been cutting all the chicken up every year for the fair," said Adam. "To be able to donate that to the church means a lot to me, and I just love it so much. It’s just very emotional, it really is.”

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