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Lower turnout and proceeds at weather-struck Harvest Festival

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An annual harvest time church festival to raise money for its ministry work drew thousands of people, despite it being literally swept away by the wind.

Organizers did not expect the sudden weather shift that brought wind and rain over the weekend. However, masses of parishioners flocked to St. Joachim School to help move the numerous games, informational and vendor booths, from the schoolyard into the adjacent Holy Spouses Hall.

Once there on Saturday, the festival drew more than half the total attendance turnout of nearly 7,000 people for the two-day event which started on Friday outdoors. The Harvest Festival has been held every year during harvest season at the school to raise money for the church, usually the building fund, said co-chair Sally Bomprezzi. And though the weather threatened this year’s event by completely destroying the tents, Bomprezzi said she was grateful for the outpouring of help.

“It turned out to be a great event, despite the weather… The entertainment tonight, we just wanted to porch through and get it all taken care of and it all turned out. God had it in his hands and he blessed us. He blessed me with people to come and help and I don’t know what else to say. I’m still like in awe,” said Bomprezzi...


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