September 20, 2007

Mt. Airy North Carolina had a Latino fest in the same park that also has the old time fiddler's convention, it sounds great. I will be sure to put it on the list for next year.

Thousands turned out Saturday at Veterans Park in Mount Airy for the Festival Latino 2007 - the first ever Hispanic celebration in the city. The event, which was organized by Casa Guanajuato, a nonprofit organization that promotes Latino culture and tradition, featured music, food, dance and native Mexican costumes. The festival, which coincided with Mexican Independence Day, brought out a huge crowd who tasted quesadillas, danced to a lively mixture of festive Latino bands, marveled at some bull riding and listened to Mexican consul Aramando Ortiz Rocha. The 12-hour event, which was put together in about a month, was considered a huge success by organizers, vendors and promoters. Major backers included Carolina Carports Inc., BB&T, La Preciosa - a Winston-Salem-based Latino radio station - and Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Boonville.

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