By Edna Ethington     8/12/2016

Hundreds of St. Irenaeus parishioners and community members gathered at St. Irenaeus Parish to enjoy the 52nd Fiesta Olympiad, an event that spanned more than three days. Attendees enjoyed many exciting carnival rides, challenging game booths, a variety of food booths and entertainment. Three different bands performed each evening amidst other entertainment including dance groups and even a Karate demonstration.

Elvis Tribute Artist George Thomas provided the especially crowd-pleasing entertainment. Thomas interacted personally with members of the audience for two hours while singing many favorite Elvis tunes. Thomas danced on a number of tabletops as he sang his versions of Elvis’ songs. He also dedicated songs to different people and danced on the stage with them.

Christine Welsch, co-chair of the St. Irenaeus 52nd Fiesta, said that she appreciated all the volunteers who helped to prepare for the Fiesta, worked during the event and helped to take down everything and clean up the church grounds following its conclusion. She thanked all the individuals and businesses that sponsored booths and all the parishioners and community members who came to the Fiesta to help make it a successful fundraiser.

Funds raised by the Fiesta will help to support the many ministries and charitable activities of St. Irenaeus Church.

Fr. Patrick Moses, pastor of St. Irenaeus Church, publicly thanked Christine and George Welsch for chairing the 2016 Fiesta in the July 3 St. Irenaeus Church bulletin. This is the 12th year that Christine and George Welsch have chaired the annual St. Irenaeus Fiesta. Fr. Moses also thanked everyone who volunteered and gave their time, talent and other contributions to support and help make the Fiesta a success each year.