Hundreds flocked to Saturday for the first day of its weekend-long .
A local tradition for more than 30 years, the event serves a greater purpose than just raising funds for the parish, said Father Jose Leon.
"It's more about community building," he said.
On Saturday, families crowded the church's parking lot to play carnival games, eat fresh food off the grill and watch performances from local dance and music groups, including the James Logan Ballet Folklorico, Gerri Lee Hula Dancers, Senora Maria Rosa Garcia and others.
Tom Mederos, owner of , is one of the many sponsors of the event. A lifelong Decoto resident and member of the church, the 53-year-old said he's been attending the festival since he was a kid.
"It's just a good local fundraiser," Mederos said. "Even though times are bad, people are still coming out and supporting the church."
The festival continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday's event will include a car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with a karaoke showdown and performances by Chuy El Mexicano, Joann Brown Dancers and others. Pick up a program for the day at the food and game ticket booth.
See highlights from the festival in the photo gallery above.
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