Biblesta to Feed the Multitudes
The Humboldt Lion’s Club and local churches are responsible for setting up the cooking area, gathering and cleaning the bean pots, sorting, soaking and watching over the beans as they cook. Church groups sort and soak the beans on Friday before Biblesta. On Saturday, Biblesta day, the beans are cooked all day in large cast iron pots over propane burners. Each church is responsible for providing volunteers to stir the beans throughout the day. Between 600 to 700 pounds of white beans, along with ham hocks, are cooked each year. Food vendors made up of local church groups and organizations provide homemade cornbread. The bean feed begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. on the southwest corner of the city square.
Area churches, organizations, businesses and schools build floats and/or provide walking entries for the parade. The entries are based on a scripture from the Bible. The builders design their floats to illustrate the selected scripture. Individuals on floats and in walking entries dress in biblical costumes. Floats are required to display the scripture and scripture reference some where on the float. Walking entries carry signs or banners with their scripture. Some of the floats are very elaborate while others are simple. However, they have the same goal in mind, and that is to portray the Bible story. Floats and walking entries are lined up for the parade according to their scripture location in the Bible. Floats with Old Testament scriptures are first in the parade followed by floats that chose New Testament scriptures. A panel of judges selects the winning floats. Trophies and/or cash awards are given to the winners.
The Biblesta Committee searches for Christian entertainers to sing gospel music throughout the day. Combinations of well-known artists, as well as, local talent, grace the Biblesta stage each year. Southern gospel and contemporary Christian groups have delighted Biblesta audiences for many years.
Biblesta has sponsored a 3K Walk and 5K Run for several years. The walk/run is organized by local individuals and is well attended each year. A Run for the Son t-shirt is designed each year for those participating in the run.
The Biblesta After Dark Youth Rally held its first event in 2010. The rally targets teenagers and young adults. Christian bands and soloists entertain the audience of young people. The rally also consists of skits and motivational Christian speakers.
Funding for the Biblesta celebration comes thru private donations and fundraising endeavors. The past few years, the Biblesta Committee has raised money for Biblesta by hosting Biblesta On the Move concerts, auctions, a community picnic, a potluck dinner, silent auction, raffles, t-shirt sales, and a biscuit and gravy breakfast. The Biblesta celebration has grown over the past five years as has the expenses. Donations and fundraising proceeds pay for Christian musical groups, sound stage, youth activities, parade awards, advertising, printing, postage, toilet facilities, etc. Biblesta, Inc. is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. For Donations Click Here.
The Biblesta Committee is made up of 12-15 volunteers. The committee is responsible for fundraising, advertising, organizing and planning each year’s celebration. New volunteers are always needed to serve on the committee. The committee is made up of a chairman, secretary, treasurer, and committee chairpersons for entertainment, advertising and fundraising. Planning meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, January thru October, at the Humboldt Public Library.