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Catholic celebration draws a crowd

August 17, 2014

Morning News-Lisa Lete It was a perfect summer day to enjoy a Mexican- flavored snow cone such as Tamarindo, Horchata or guava. Reyna Herrera serves a snow cone to Rocid Alanis at the Kermes/Festival at Jensen Grove on Sunday. The annual event is a fundraiser for the local Catholic churches - St. Bernard's in Blackfoot and St. Kateri in Fort Hall.

Hundreds gathered at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot on Sunday for the annual Kermes/Festival fundraiser sponsored by the local Catholic churches (St. Bernard's and St. Kateri) and the local Hispanic community.
There were food booths serving up traditional Mexican food, treats, live music, dancing, games and an overall festive feeling in the air. It was one that could take not take the smile off the face of grandmother Rosie Gomez of American Falls as she watched her five grandchildren (ranging in ages from 3 to 15) laughing and playing.
"I come to enjoy the food, hear the music. I love to watch the cousins play together," she said. "The grandkids don't get together often enough to play and enjoy each other."
Her husband Joseph agreed, joking, "I just came to eat! But we love to see everyone laughing and smiling."
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