Beginning at 5 PM, the Festival will feature free arts and crafts – among them Day of the Dead masks, God’s Eyes, and Latin American flag coloring pages. Activities include a soccer challenge, bouncy castle, and face and fingernail painting as well as mural painting led by Rein and Margo Vanderhill. Andy Keller and his band will provide background Latino music. A Mexican cooking class is tentatively part of the schedule.
Mexican food will be served from 5:30 to 7 PM at a small price: $5 for adults and $3.50 for children, and Hands Around the World will display and sell fair-trade coffee from Mexico and other Latin American countries.
There will also be a piñata design contest at 6 PM; those wishing to enter this contest should bring their homemade piñata – with a string for hanging – to the Festival at 5 PM.
Luna y Sol, a mariachi band from Omaha, NE, will perform from 7 to 8 PM. One of the Midwest’s preeminent mariachi bands, Luna y Sol won ‘Best Ethnic Group’ in the Live Music category of the Omaha Entertainment Awards in 2007. Their ensemble bears the distinction of being the region’s only complete mariachi band.
Zumba will follow Luna y Sol at 8 PM; Zumba is a dance-based workout rooted in a variety of South American music and dance traditions, including salsa, merengue, belly dancing, flamenco, and mamba. This high-energy group activity provides a fun exercise for all age groups and fitness levels.
A dance, from 8:30 to 10 PM, will conclude the evening’s exciting activities. Noel Campanis will DJ.
Transportation from Sioux Center to Orange City will be provided, with a bus leaving the mall parking lot in Sioux Center (near the Pizza Ranch entrance) at 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30. Return trips to Sioux Center will depart at 8:15, 8:45, and 9:15.
Festival Latino opens Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday in Windmill Park, brought to you by the Orange City Arts Council. Sponsors for Festival Latino are CASA, Hands Around the World, Bar-K Cattle, Natural Food Holdings, Bird House Rentals, Center Fresh Eggs, Fareway, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Al & Carol Kramer and the Orange City Arts Council.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.
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