Sts. Peter and Paul
Fest was highly successful
August 3, 2014: Toledo may
have been without water this past weekend, but what more than
7,000 Northwest Ohio residents were really thirsty for was
plenty of Latin music, Mexican food, and family fun.
The annual Sts. Peter &
Paul Festival turned out to be a success even though
organizers decided to cancel most of Saturday’s events after the
city of Toledo released an urgent notice to all Toledo
water-users to not drink, bathe, or try to boil the water.
During routine testing a high level of algae toxins were found
in the water, which could cause people to become dangerously
ill. A drinking ban was still in effect through Monday.
president of the festival committee, said organizers were
fortunate because they had already decided to extend this year’s
festival into a three day event. The annual festival is one of
the church’s main fundraisers, said Quintero.
“We decided to do it three
days this year instead of two days because we were already going
to pay for the use of the tent for three days,” said Quintero.
The festival, which
started on Friday evening, was scheduled to resume at 2 p.m.,
Saturday. But after the water ban was issued, organizers decided
to cancel everything but the evening’s musical performances,
which began at 5 p.m. and included Los Badd Boyz of Del Valle,
El Corazón de México, DJ LA Babe, and La
About 1,000 people
attended the concert - less than half the size of previous
year’s crowds – which was likely due to people being unsure
whether the concert would proceed, said Mary Torres, the
church’s office administrator. The church still raised more
than $5,700 for the night, a respectable amount which indicated
concert-goers were “drinking plenty of beer,” she said with a
By Sunday afternoon
hundreds of people began pouring into the festival to check out
the vintage car show, feast on Mexican food and parents enjoyed
watching and helping their children participate in various games
Toledo resident Renée
Richardson was enjoying herself Sunday, even as she tried to
reign in her children, Judah, 9 and Kamaria 8, who were having
a difficult time deciding what to buy at some of the vendor
booths that were new to the festival this year.
Kamaria settled on a shiny
gold purse, which she planned to start “taking to church” with
her. Judah, who first became excited when he saw the various
Lucha Libra wresting masks for sale, eventually settled for
a pair of boxing gloves.
“I want to grow up and be
like Rocky,” said Judah, whose announcement prompted his mother
to momentarily reconsider her decision to buy the gloves.
A booth operated by
Nani’s Place, a Toledo business, featured clay pottery
hand-made by indigenous people of various regions of México,
along with various religious-themed jewelry and pictures and
more pottery from Laredo, TX.
Another new festival
highlight was the crowning of the 2014 St. Peter & Paul Festival
Queen. This year’s winner was three-year-old Gabriela Vallejo
75, of Sylvania and her son Joe Pelton, 44, of Toledo are
longtime members of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Mrs.
Pelton, a festival volunteer, arrived early so that she could
spend some time socializing with friends.
“I used to cook the food
here,” Mrs. Pelton said. “It’s beautiful to come and see all the
Latinos together and to see old friends that we haven’t seen in
a long time.”
Sunday’s main event act,
Toledo’s Aztecas, performed two sets. Friday’s performer