The Yerington Poruguese Organization wrote: “AFTER TWO LONG YEARS, we are happy to announce the Yerington Portuguese “Festa”, all be it an abridged version, will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
This celebration is in honor of Queen Isabella of Portugal, who prayed for help for her people during a time of great hardship and famine. On Pentecost Sunday, ships came into the harbor filled with food. A celebration was held in Thanksgiving. Yerington began its Portuguese “Festa” in 1919.
The Queen for 2022 is Savanna Draper. She is the daughter of Scott and Anna Draper. The one-day event will begin with Mass at 10:30 am followed by the traditional procession to the Catholic Center. Sopas will be served at noon and the live auction will follow. Linquisa will be available for purchase and Raffle tickets will be sold at the Festa. The raffle prizes will include a handmade quilt by Elsie Brower, an original painting by Frank McGowan and a nativity set made by Dolly Silva. All proceeds from the raffle go towards the Portuguese Scholarship Fund.
We invite you to join us in our tradition as we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s blessings. We also ask that you bring items for our auction as this is the main source of income for our Festa to continue.
This gallery of photos is from the 2019 Yerington Portuguese Festa with the last photo from decades earlier when Yerington still had a Sprouse Reitz between Gena Perry’s Theatre and the still-existing Rexall Drugs.
From 50 years ago, Mason Valley News, May 19th, 1972 Edition: