Region 8 Church Celebrates 25th Annual Festival

September 30, 2005--Posted at 4:15 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR--Fall is finally in the air and for the last 25 years the first Saturday in October has meant one thing....the Blessed Sacrament Fall Festival.

It's a one of a kind event with a one of a kind taste, this year the church is cooking up over 6 tons of meat. That includes 1200 boston butts, 3200 pounds of chicken all on 9 giant cookers.

"We have our own rub we developed to put on stuff very unique tasting barbeque, it's unique to Blessed Sacriment," said Dave Marthey, Barbeque Chairman.

In addition to barbeque there will also be a silent auction, bazaar, and a carnival for the kids on Saturday.

This is the parrish's only fundraiser every year.

"We don't do alot of little fundraisers we do one big one," said Marthey.

It's good food with a good time all for a great cause.

"At least 50% of the money we make goes right back into community for charity work the rest goes to fund our daycare our school and so forth," said Marthey.

"We have a lot of areas we fund with this money and it's in the neighborhood of $50,000," said Wayne Gruber, Chair for 2005 Fall Festival.

When you have good barbeque it makes helping the community that much easier.

"Boy if you are hungry and you like good barbeque I mean we have the best. We make the best butts in town," said Marthey.

The Blessed Sacrament Fall Festival runs through Saturday from 10 until 7 and admission is free.