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Free festival celebrates Mexican Independence

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 | Posted by

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The Fifth Annual Fiesta de Independencia, will celebrate Mexican Independence (Sept. 16) and Latino culture with food, music, contests, activities and a car show at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 13, 1 -6 p.m. This free festival, attended by more than 3,000 people each year, is presented by the Center’s Latino Advisory Council.

Traditional Mexican dancers and mariachi music will entertain attendees throughout the day. The Mexican states of Oaxaca and Jalisco will be featured with separate booths containing artifacts and products that reflect those regions’ history, culture and lifestyle.

In addition to a wide selection of traditional Mexican food and beverages, which will include tacos, ceviche, churros and papusas, the Fiesta will host its annual salsa tasting competition. Judges will award one prize each for an individual, restaurant and people’s choice. Winners receive a prize package of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts performance tickets and other goodies.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to vote on  their favorite low-riders in the car show. The organizers expect around 48 cars, whose owners will be on hand to answer questions.

Children can enjoy the jump houses, climbing wall, free books from the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile and hands-on area with musical instruments and bubbles. The fire department will also be on hand with a truck for kids to learn about fire safety.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Wells Fargo Bank, California Human Development, the City of Santa Rosa, Radio Lazer/La Mejor, El Patron, Excitos, TV Azteca, El Consulado General de México en San Francisco and community advocates.

The Fifth Annual Fiesta de Independencia is from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Well Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. For more information, visit tickets.wellsfargocenterarts.org.

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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