"To every season there is a change." These words are so true when thinking of a long-held Fall tradition in the Gridley Community, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Harvest Festival. Since 1929, the Festival's venue has been the Portuguese Hall near Vierra Park, but now, due to insurance problems for this historical building from Gridley's past, a change in location will take place.
Held traditionally over the years on the first Saturday in November, this year's Harvest Festival will be held on November 4, 2017, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., but this year it will be moved to Veterans' Memorial Hall in Gridley at 249 Sycamore Street.
Originally, the event was called the "Catholic Bazaar" and its purpose was to help buy pews for the then newly built Catholic Church established by Portuguese dairy families in the community. Eventually, this name evolved to the "Harvest Festival" and participants brought the fruit of their harvests, eggs, nuts, rice, fruit to share at the event. Today, a mouth-watering good Prime Rib Dinner, groceries, cakes, go fish, movies, Bingo, face painting, and silent auctions are offered. Proceeds from the evening this year will help build an adoration chapel and beautiful meditation garden in the church bungalow area.
All members of the community are invited to attend the event. Attendance is free with Prime Rib dinner tickets for adults at $25 and $10 for children up to 10 years. A homemade, authentic Mexican dinner is also offered at the event.
Few, if any, Portuguese dairies are left in the Gridley area, but the spirit of fun, history and community prevails in this traditional event with its echoes of those early Gridley, Biggs, and Live Oak citizens. Come join in the fun at the Harvest Festival November 4, 2017!