Tooele’s Catholic community will celebrate the change of season this weekend with the annual Saint Marguerite Fall Festival.
Held Friday and Saturday, the event will feature live entertainment by two local bands, The Old Man Garage Band and Bent Fender, as well as a performance by a comedic dance troupe on Saturday.
Saturday’s festivities will also include an all-day carnival with activities such as pony rides, bounce houses, games and crafts for children.
Admission, including the live entertainment, is free to the community, but booths will sell food, religious items and other goods, in addition to a raffle, to raise funds for St. Marguerite Catholic Church and St. Marguerite Catholic School. The festival typically draws about 1,500 patrons.
The festival started about 20 years ago as an early celebration of the parish’s patron saint, Saint Marguerite, who Catholics typically honor with a feast on Oct. 16, said the Rev. Sam Dinsdale, who leads St. Marguerite parish.
“It’s a good outreach to the community for us,” he said.
Live entertainment will begin around 8 p.m. both nights. The Old Man Garage Band, a group of local friends who play a variety of music at venues across the county, will play Friday night, and Bent Fender, a band that played at last year’s Fall Festival, will play on Saturday night.
A group of dancers from Tooele and Grantsville will perform before Bent Fender at about 7 p.m.
Vendor booths, which will sell everything from religious goods to cuisine from Guam, as well as other activities, will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
The fall festival will take place at St. Marguerite Catholic Church, located at 15 S. 7th Street in Tooele. Those who need more information should contact the church at 435-882-3860.