NEWS

 

 

May 24, 2011

 

Eighth Annual Summer Latino Festival:
A Celebration of Latino Culture

 

   VIDEO of 2009 Festival

   Festival Gallery (2 pages) 

   Gallery (3 pages)  

Northeast Alabama Community College is sponsoring its eighth annual Summer Latino Festival: A Celebration of Latino Culture on campus on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.

This exciting event will be free and open to the public. There will be a live band, delicious Latino foods sold by local restaurants, 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 and games and activities including Mexican bingo, breaking piñatas, pony rides, and puppet shows.

The Hispanic community is a very significant part of the Northeast Alabama area. It contributes 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 is the eighth annual festival hosted. 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 Hispanic community members 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.


Pictured is a scene from the 2010 Latino
Festival at NACC. The festival is free and open
to the public.

“Each year the number of attendees to the festival has increased,” stated Susan Barron, Director of Events Planning at the college. “This past year we had 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 on the NACC campus located on Alabama Highway 35 between Scottsboro and Fort Payne. Everyone is encouraged to attend, bring your lawn chair, and enjoy this Celebration of Latino Culture from 12 noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

For more information, contact Susan Barron, Director of Events Planning at NACC, at college ext. 248 or barrons@nacc.edu. To view what past festivals have had to offer, see:

   VIDEO of 2009 Festival

   Festival Gallery (2 pages) 

   Gallery (3 pages)