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St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, set for Saturday, will look a bit different this year

Since 1981, Lawrence’s St. John’s Mexican Fiesta has been a staple for many in the local Mexican American community.

The annual event takes some 300 volunteers to put on, and is attended by thousands each year. Last year, COVID-19 forced the fiesta’s cancellation in what would’ve been its 40th annual event — and though it’s back in 2021, the still-present pandemic will make the festivities feel a bit different than in years past.

This year’s fiesta will take place from 4 p.m. until the food runs out Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, 1234 Kentucky St.

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“We won’t have any live entertainment but will have music playing,” Jacinta Hoyt, the church communications director, told the Times in an email. “All food will be served in to go containers and seating will be available, giving people the option to take it home or eat it at St. John.”

Though there won’t be live music this year, Ballet Folklorico de Topeka, a Mexican folkloric dance company, will perform Saturday.

In addition to concessions serving hot dogs and funnel cakes, here’s what food will be available for purchase:

  • Beef taco (vegetarian option available) – $2
  • Beef tostada (vegetarian option available) – $3
  • Beef & Bean Burrito (no substitutions) – $3
  • Pork & Bean Burrito (no substitutions) -$3
  • Pork tamale (no substitutions) – $4
  • Rice (made with chicken broth) – $2
  • Enchilada (no substitutions) – $4

Beer and beverages will also be for sale.

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