September 8, 2000

The Spice of Latino Heritage is Featured Throughout the 78th Los Angeles County Fair

The cultural richness of Latino heritage will be celebrated throughout the 78th Los Angeles County Fair, Sept. 14-Oct. 1 at Fairplex in Pomona. From traditional Latino music, dance, food and crafts to creative artwork and a special fashion show, the many contributions made by Southern California Latinos will be highlighted in several different Fair locations.

An important Fair venue since 1952, Fiesta Village represents the heart of the Latino heritage. The Fiesta Village Stage will be filled with daily entertainment performances, featuring Mexican and Latin American music and dance, including Folklorico, Aztec, Andean and South American from groups such as Ballet Coco and various community-based entertainment acts.

Latin America's color, spice and tantalizing aromas will fill the air surrounding the cultural marketplace where rows of shops and friendly merchants add to the south-of-the-border ambiance. Colorful Folklorico and Mariachi dance costumes and dance shoes can be purchased here. Rosie's Concessions will serve some of the finest Mexican food available and Armas de España will design "coat of arms" sketches using last names for interested Fairguests.

By popular demand, Mariachi Sol y Mar returns to Fiesta Village. Led by the one and only Marisol, this six-person group brings the beautiful and traditional music of Mexico to the Fair.

New to the Fair this year are The Dancing Gauchos, an energetic act that combines Argentine dance, spirited drumming, fire and whips. One of the most popular acts of the decade, this Latin group has thrilled audiences at Trump's Castle Casino in Atlantic City and the prestigious Lincoln Center with the Big Apple Circus.

In addition to Fiesta Village, Latino heritage will also be present at the Millard Sheets Gallery, presented by Cadillac. A special exhibit will feature Miguel Angel Reyes, who will complete a figurative mural entitled "Night Visions." Individuals portraits of men and women will be painted on 10 small canvases, which can stand-alone or piece together to create one large mural. Reyes will appear on Sept 14, 18-22 and 28 from 3-8 p.m. and Sept. 26 and 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Several Latinos will be among the various artists displayed in the exhibit, "Art 2000: Applauding Revolutionary Talent," which will pay tribute to the "destiny" of contemporary art.

Mexico on the runway, a fashion show spotlighting authentic regional attire from each state of Mexico, will be presented at the Fairplex 4 Community Stage Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Many Latina leaders from local communities will model the colorful traditional dresses provided by the Mexican Cultural Institute from the Mexican government.

Creative Living offers three new contests this year with Latino flair. In celebration of National Tortilla Month, the Fiesta of Flavor Recipe Contest, sponsored by Lawry's Foods and Mission Tortillas, will be held Sept. 16 between noon and 1 p.m. The contest will feature Mexican dishes using tortillas and Lawry's spices and seasonings. The El Torito Mexican Recipe Contest on Sept. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. will feature Mexican main dishes. And, the Tabasco Tex-Mex Recipe Challenge on Sept. 16 from 3-4 p.m. will feature Tex-Mex dips, main dishes or party recipes using Tabasco brand pepper sauce.

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