12th Annual Summer Latino Festival: A
Celebration of Latino Culture
Northeast Alabama Community College will host the 12th annual
Summer Latino Festival: A Celebration of Latino Culture on
Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm on campus.
This exciting event will be free and open to the public. There
will be a live Mariachi Band, live DJ, folkloric dancing,
delicious Latino foods sold by local restaurants, photo
booth--free family photos, authentic Latino merchandise for
sale, as well as free soft drinks and ice cream treats. For
children, there will be arts, crafts, games and activities
including a rock wall, inflatables, face painting, giant Jenga,
Mexican bingo, piñatas, pony rides, learning futbol and soccer
skills, and puppet shows.
The Hispanic community is a very significant part of the
Northeast Alabama area, contributing to the economy and culture
of our area. As part of the college’s mission as a community
college, one way to reach out to this part of the community is
to offer a day of fun activities, ethnic foods and music. In the
summer of 2004 the first Summer Latino Festival was held on
campus. This June, 2015, is the 12th annual festival. This day
is as much fun for local citizens and NACC students as it is for
the local Hispanic community. In bringing the two cultures
together, the best that we have to offer can be shared. NACC
wants the Hispanic community to know that they are welcomed to
our campus as potential students and that their families are
welcomed to all the events that are sponsored. This festival has
helped both heritages understand and appreciate one another.
“Each year the number of attendees to the festival has
increased,” stated Tresha McClain, Chair of the Festival
Committee at the college. “This past year there were
approximately 1,500 people on campus to enjoy the games, pony
rides, and arts and crafts. One of the most popular activities
each year has been free family photos. We have free refreshments
for everyone, as well as local Mexican restaurants selling great
food. Live Latino music and beautiful, authentic Mexican dancers
will perform. Our staff, faculty and students have taken on this
project as part of their commitment and our outreach to the
Latino community. This has truly been an education in
understanding cultures for most of our staff. Each year our
numbers grow in the involvement of our employees. The fun that
is had by both cultures has made this annual event one that our
campus looks forward to each year.”
The Summer Latino Festival will be held on the NACC campus
located on Alabama Highway 35 between Scottsboro and Fort Payne.
Everyone is encouraged to attend, bring a lawn chair and enjoy
this Celebration of Latino Culture.
For more information, contact Tresha McClain, Chair of the
Festival Committee, at college ext. 2271. For additional college
information, go to www.nacc.edu.
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is a scene from the 2014 Latino Festival held on the campus of
NACC. The festival is free and open to the public.