Originally created 10/07/04

Hispanic Festival celebrates with music, food, contest



The Augusta Common will be filled with music, food and entertainment highlighting cultures from south of the border at the 12th annual Hispanic Festival on Saturday.

The festival, sponsored by the Asociacin Cultural Hispanoamericana, will begin at 10 a.m. It is part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

"It's a celebration; we're celebrating the Hispanic culture," said Carlos Barreras, the secretary and one of the founders of the association. "There's entertainment for the whole family."

Performances will include the Atlanta band Grupo Vientos del Pueblo, the North Carolina band Mariachi Puebla and the South Carolina band Bando Rayo Norteno,and dance groups Ballet Folklorico Mexicano and Ballet Folklorico Kikiriki. DJ Hector of Augusta also will provide music.

The food will include Mexican, Panamanian and Puerto Rican dishes.

In the Senorita Latina Scholarship Contest, single female high school or college students will compete for $500, $300 and $200 scholarships.

Children's activities include a mock bullfight, Mr. Barreras said.

Mr. Barreras said the association is an educational, familial and cultural association that is nondenominational and nonpolitical. It has 200 members, with about 140 who are active.

"We have monthly social dinners for the whole membership, and we have a picnic every year at (Thurmond) Lake. Also, we have cultural things, poetry readings, music, (gatherings with) people sharing how they got here," he said.

Festival admission is $1 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 724-3355 or 738-7097.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: 12th Annual Hispanic Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: The Augusta Common

COST: $1 adults, free for children 12 and younger

PHONE: 724-3355 or 738-7097

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.