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image Brooklyn Hund, Maycee Lawless, Mia Lawless and Jackson Hunt dance while a band plays at the St. Marguerite Fall Festival last year. The 2013 festival takes place this weekend.

September 19, 2013
St. Marguerite Fall Festival begins Friday

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.

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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