Arts & Entertainment

Latino fiesta planned July 20 at Sacajawea

The Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission will celebrate the outdoors across the state this summer with a series of festivals it hopes will introduce new audiences to the advantages of state parks.

In the Mid-Columbia, a Latino Community Arts Fiesta is planned July 20 at Sacajawea State Park, which is off Highway 12 at the junction of the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Fiesta hours will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Musical entertainment includes the Milonga band from Spokane who bring a blend of Latin rhythms and percussion to their stage show. Also appearing will be the Juan Gonzalez Trio, featuring corrido composer and singer Juan Manuel Barco, and the music of El Arranque Norteno and Johnney Mercado, along with some traditional and folkloric dance exhibitions by Los Bailadores del Sol.

Also appearing at the fiesta will be Eva Castellanoz, a nationally recognized folk artist who will demonstrate the art of wax and paper in flower making.

The events planned during this celebration of state parks is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington diverse cultures, said Laura Fin, Latino Initiative Field Coordinator.

"This program is a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Arts Commission," she said. "It's presented by State Parks' Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program and by Northwest Heritage Resources."

The commissions help fund the program along with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Sacajawea fiesta also will have traditional food booths on site, which will be available for purchase.

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