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NW Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts festival

By La Prensa Staff

The Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NOHCC) is hosting its first NW Ohio Latino festival, to be held Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Lucas County Recreation Center, 1406 Key St., Maumee, Ohio.


The festival’s organizer is quick to point out the event is not a rebranding of the prior Midwest LatinoFest that used to be held at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo each summer.

“Our purpose behind the launch of the NW Ohio Latino Fest is to ignite and celebrate the histories and cultures of those whose ancestors come from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America,” said Josh Torres, NOHCC president and CEO. “We are committed and focused on this initiative and continuing to build upon this festival for years to come.”

“There will be more than 15 large amusement rides, food vendors, a salsa tasting contest Saturday afternoon with individual and restaurant categories, and vendor exhibits located indoors in one of the center’s recreation halls.”

“The benefit is to bring together families, businesses, and non-profit organizations to a variety of activities and in a diverse and inclusive environment,” said Josh Torres.  “Our pledge is to nourish the community through economic, cultural exchange and services through the community-based showcase in a festival setting.”

Organizers point out there’s something for everyone in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere meant to kick off the summer fair and festival season in a new way.

“There will be a beer and wine garden as well, for patrons 21 years and older and Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center will be doing a family and kids activity tent on Saturday during the festival,” said Torres.  “Also, our entertainment line-up is superior with many great and exciting acts coming,” said Josh Torres.

The entertainment includes musical acts and a dance group familiar to Tejano and conjunto music fans across the area. The music starts at 6 p.m. Thursday with a performance by singer and guitarist Hector Mendoza.

Friday’s music kicks off at 3 p.m. with a performance by Los Aztecas, followed at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. by Los Hermanos Villegas. La Traizion takes the stage at 7 and 10 p.m. El Corazón de México Ballet Folklorico dance troupe will give two Saturday performances at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Michael T Promotions is offering salsa and bachata dance lessons 3 p.m. Sammy DeLeón and his Orchestra take the salsa stage at 6 p.m., followed by the award-winning Yvonne y Fuego at 9 p.m.

Organizers are hoping to draw Latino families and others from as far away as Defiance, Fremont, Fostoria, and Willard, while possibly getting attendees from Michigan and Indiana, too. The festival’s proximity to the Ohio Turnpike and good weather will only increase their chances of a successful regional attraction.

“This location logistically worked out for the blueprint of our festival, which will allow for adequate parking with room to grow over time,” said Josh Torres.

Admission is $3 per person, with a $5 charge for parking. Festival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. More details can be found at the Hispanic chamber’s website: www.nohcc.com.




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