It's time for music, food, and family entertainment at Blessed Sacrament Church's annual Jamaica fiesta.
There will be 16 food booths, games, a mechanical bull, bounce houses, and dancing. Seven bands will perform throughout the nine hour party -- Mariachi Sol de America, Los 3 Kings, Aces Norteños, Grupo Avance, Conjunto Tierra Extraña and Grupo Indecizo -- with Mexico's Grupo Yahari headlining.
"It has grown and we're getting a more diverse crowd out there," said J.R. Mascarenas, BSC spokesman.
Mascarenas said the food and music has also become more diverse throughout the years.
"We would like the whole community to come out and join us," he said. "This is not just for Catholics, it's for everybody."
$20 raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win $6,000 in gift cards -- one each for $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
"It's our biggest annual fundraiser that we have," said Juanita Hernandez, event chairperson. "The monies are used for various things ... that we need so we can provide for our community."
It's an event that normally garners $40,000 for the church, which pays their $31,000 insurance bill, Mascarenas said. Additional money goes into the BSC building fund, which recently paid for a new church building that replaced the double-wide trailers that were in use since the 70s. There are 10 classrooms in the newly constructed million dollar building as well as the church's administrative offices. Additionally, the building's main hall now seats 300 people.
"It's a community event," Hernandez said. "And it's an event where we're able to do what we don't do -- because we live in a run, run run society -- and that is to be able to go out and enjoy yourself and have camaraderie with other people."
The Annual Jamaica is Sunday, August 12 from 12-9 on the BSC grounds, 4112 SE 25th Ave.