NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Hundreds of East Texans headed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches for a taste of India and dozens of other cultures over the weekend. For two days, Sacred Heart's grounds had dozens of international flags flanked across the church grounds to welcome everyone to its “27th Annual MultiCultural Festival.”
The weather turned out to be ideal for this community event.
The church created this event 27 years ago as a way for East Texans to play, eat and visit with their neighbors who may have grown up next door or continents away.
Parishioner Haylie Muckleroy invited two of her 6th grade classmates to not only attend the festival, but they also performed at cheer-dance routine for entertainment. Fellow cheerleader Karmen Spurlock said their debut wasn't a flawless performance.
"She stunted me and I like kind of like fell. And it wasn't a very good site. But you would have laughed. It was hilarious moment."
Spurlock said she wasn't hurt, just a bit embarrassed. But she took it in stride and enjoyed going to the food vendors—especially the Filipino Fried Rice.
The third member of the trio—Lainey Taylor—really liked what Sacred Heart put together.
"I think it's really fun because we don't do like big festivals like this at my church," Taylor shared.
But for member Muckleroy, it was all about the food, especially one that kept her cool during the sunny Sunday.
"The snow cone stand," she beamed. "Because it tasted really good."
Little Karmen wasn't injured during the stunt, just slightly embarrassed.
Guests could by arts and crafts, view cultural entertainment, shop and purchase from plant vendor, and—of course—eat their way around the world from Cajun to cookies, barbecue to curry chicken.