Enjoy a day filled with family fun at the fifth annual Dublin Fall Fiesta taking place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Dublin City Park.
“What I enjoy most every year is having more of a relationship with our Hispanic businesses and encouraging them to learn more about commerce in Dublin,” said Dublin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Luanne Schexnider. “I feel like they do such an awesome job with their businesses, whatever it is, and they’re all working hard, but I’m not sure if they’ve ever been involved in commerce in the community.”
Something added this year is the “Will Do Good Thrift in the Park” fundraiser sponsored by Dwelling Place Ministries Christian Women Job Corps.
The Fall Fiesta will also feature the D&D Rockin’ Rods car show, art and handcrafted items, folkloric dancers, dancing horses, a dog show and costume contest and pageants.
“Dublin Dog Den will be sponsoring an Ugly Dog Show and dog costume contest (Fiesta or Halloween themed) as part of the great entertainment,” Schexnider wrote in a release.
There will also be the Fiesta Baby Contest for boys and girls newborn - ages three and a Fiesta Princess Pageant and crowning for preschool girls ages four and five. The reigning Fiesta Queen, Dominique Lisso, will crown the 2017 Fiesta Queen.
This year’s cooking competition theme is “If it tastes good, you might win a prize,” and will feature chicken, beef or pork as the fajita cook-off options. The first place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and trophy.
There will be a jackpot category, which will feature beans, salsa and guacamole. The winner will be awarded a small trophy and 25 Dublin Dollars.
“The competitors for this year’s competition are Dublin National Bank, Dublin Bottling Works, Dublin Lions Club, First National Bank, First National Bank and Erath Earth & Golden Age Healthcare Residence.
Space is available for vendors selling handcrafted items with a fee of $30.
At sunset the Dublin Public Library will hold a showing of Hocus Pocus in the park and lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed.
“I also enjoy that we work very closely with Dublin High School and they have a wonderful FCCLA. The students in those organizations are trying to get volunteer hours or just really like to give service and enjoy an event that brings people together and we just couldn’t cover all the basis if we didn’t have that help and volunteers,” Schexnider said. “We really appreciate people who participate, support and contribute in any way and our sponsor donations that help us have a bigger and better event every year. We invite everybody to come over. There’s something for everyone.”
For more information contact Schexnider at 254-445-3422 and for Spanish contact Mayra at First National Bank at 254-445-4400 or Juanita at City Hall at 254-445-3331.