Fiesta in full swing

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks

Chloe Segovia, 4, of Clovis has a butterfly painted on her face by Rose Mary Martinez-Villa of Clovis Saturday at the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta. Chloe and her family attend every year and always have fun.

The smell of funnel cake and the sound of classic rock wafted through a south Clovis neighborhood this weekend as the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church's annual fiesta got into full swing.

It was a family affair for Katie Garcia, who attended the event with her mother-in-law, sister-in-law, husband and their 14-month-old son.

"We're here to enjoy the activities they've got," she said. "There are a lot of things to do and it's a good time."

Sally Romero, a volunteer and member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, sold tickets to fiesta-goers on Saturday and said she has been volunteering at the event for over 40 years.

"Whatever is needed, I do it," she said.

Romero's favorite part of the fiesta is listening to the music and seeing all of the people.

The Enchanted Memories Car Club is in their seventh year of hosting the event's car show, and had participants from as far away as Tucumcari and Hobbs.

"We do this for the church," explained Enchanted Memories member Jose Griego. "All the money that's brought in will go to them."

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks

Rey "Alley Oop" Romero of Clovis and member of Enchanted Memories Car Club of Clovis wipes the dust from his 1948 Fleetmaster Coupe on Saturday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta. Romero said he has owned the car for seven years and that it takes time, money and patience to maintain.

Each year, proceeds from the fiesta go toward helping Our Lady of Guadalupe with whatever needs it has, according to event organizer Christopher Roy.

"This year they're getting a new air conditioning unit for the church," he explained.

The family fun kicked off Friday evening with a dinner and variety show.

Saturday's events included a youth variety show, car show and fiesta street dance featuring music by Los Atomicos del Valle. There were also games, food booths, live music and arts and crafts.

The fiesta ends Sunday with a fiesta mass at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; more games, food and live music; announcement of the winner of the car show at 2:30 p.m.; and fiesta bingo at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 p.m.

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