Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Volunteer State's free Hispanic Fiesta coming October 11

Vol State sent out this press release for its Hispanic fiesta, just one of many local events that will take place during Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15:
Live music, free food, dance groups and a soccer tournament are just a few of the activities planned for the second annual Hispanic Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. Fiesta de otoño, as it is known in Spanish, will be held on Saturday, October 11. Organizers say 450 people turned out last year, and they expect an even bigger crowd this year.

"The word of mouth about this event has been incredible," said Eric Melcher, Communications Coordinator for Vol State. "People are really excited and I think we'll have a big turnout."

The Fiesta celebrates Hispanic culture. The Nashville band Son Latino will be performing outside on the campus plaza, along with dance groups Salsa Maniacs and the Hispano Americo Dance Troupe. There will be a soccer tournament running all day long. It will be a half-field, half-team elimination competition with prizes for the top teams. Players and teams can sign up starting at 10 a.m. People will show off their favorite family recipes during a Latin American food cook-off contest, which will feature dishes from many different countries. That contest is sponsored by the Sumner Hispanic Alliance which is also helping to organize the Fiesta itself.

"We've had so many people tell us how much they enjoyed the Fiesta last year," said Cristina Frasier, Chairperson for the Hispanic Alliance. "We want to make sure it's even bigger and better this year. Aside from the fun of the cook-off contest we have an entire health fair planned. We'll have screenings for blood pressure and information about all sorts of health issues and resources. We'll have lots of Spanish translators available so people can feel comfortable in both languages."

There will be Hispanic themed story telling in Spanish and English. Kids can also enjoy inflatable games, and face painting.

"The Fiesta is an event for the whole family" said Melcher. "We're encouraging people to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and spend the day. And it's not just for Hispanics, we hope everyone will come out and have fun."

The Hispanic Fall Fiesta at Vol State is free. It will be held rain or shine, with the college Gym being used in case of bad weather. The Fiesta de otoño will be held on Saturday, October 11 from 10am to 4pm on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. There will be free food and drinks at noon and events scheduled throughout the day. For more information visit or in English call 615-230-3570 and in Spanish 615-230-4846.

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