TINIAN — Preparations for the 2021 Tinian San Jose Fiesta are underway to mark the 65th anniversary of celebrating the island’s patron saint, San Jose the Worker.

Mayor Edwin P. Aldan and the rest of the Tinian leadership welcome  to partake in this fun-filled three-day weekend event from Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 1 at the Tinian  Fiesta Grounds.

Escape to Tinian  for the weekend as Star Marianas Air, Inc. will be extending its flight schedules beginning Friday, April 30 to Monday, May 2. Each night during this promotional period there will be flights from Saipan to Tinian from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and flights from Tinian to Saipan will operate  from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The areas along Tinian’s beautiful coastline nearest the Fiesta Grounds, including Jones Beach, Taga Beach, and Tachogna Beach, will be available  to visitors for camping. Reservations to use any of the pavilions during the Fiesta weekend should be made via email at frontofficemot@gmail.com in advance.

Traditional cuisine

Taste the flavor of Tinian  as 10 of the island’s best local vendors dish out traditional cuisine and unique street food. Serving up the best of island barbecue will be Chana’s Kitchen, Chill & Grill, Queen’s Restobar and Bento Box. Got a sweet tooth? Check out Sweeties Corner for an assortment of desserts and a wide variety of shave  ice — perfect on a hot day! Mix and match your toppings and make  sure to ask for extra cheese at Khan’s Pizza House.  Expand your palate when  choosing a menu from JC Café, Conte’s Corner, or Shirley’s Food Court. The Ohala Foundation is set to serve delicious snack  items and sell raffle tickets.

Activities galore

Experience the island’s first-ever paddle board competition live at Jones Beach, where individuals go head-to-head to demonstrate strength and agility.

Hop on your boat and compete in the annual San Jose Fiesta Fishing  Derby.

Help judges  decide who wins this year’s booth-Island theme competition.

Finally, experience the first-ever “Chiba Cooking  Competition.” Tinian’s best chefs will face-o    trying to “wow” the judges  with their special recipes using  fresh goat meat from Aguiguan  Island.

There’s more

Accessorize with Tinian’s very own Pacific Supply  and Biton’s Boutique as they showcase new threads, and be sure to grab a toy or souvenir from Chelu Alynez. RB5 and Grands are opening its doors to all gamers with darts and video games.

Dance the night away with Island  Vibe Entertainment live on stage this Fiesta weekend, as well as throwback singles from Bobbie Degracia and  the Gigolo Cover Band.

Safety first

Mayor Edwin P. Aldan  and the Covid-19 Task Force chairman, Warren Villagomez, would like to remind all patrons that Covid guidelines will be in effect throughout the three-day weekend event.

For your safety and for the safety of those around you, wear a face mask, maintain appropriate social distance from others, and practice constant hygiene when strolling through the Fiesta Grounds.

“The San Jose Fiesta is an event for everyone and  an opportunity to see what Tinian has to offer —  sights, sounds, food, and most of all, our hospitality,” Mayor Aldan said.

“It is my honor to host this year’s Fiesta and commend everyone responsible for making it possible. From my island to yours: Biba San Jose!”

The San Jose Parish Council invites the public  to attend festivities at the church in celebration of the Fiesta weekend for Saturday, May 1.

The Novenan San Jose will  be held at the Social Hall at 3:15 p.m. and the Reverend Bishop Ryan Jimenez will lead  the Misan San Jose at 4 p.m. followed  by the Caravan Procession for San Jose to the Tinian  Fiesta Grounds and back to the Social Hall for the dinner banquet.

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