Fiesta Mexicana to celebrate Hispanic culture with food, entertainment and games

MOUNTAIN. MORRIS TOWNSHIP, MI – This weekend’s 64th Fiesta Mexicana in the Mt. Morris area will welcome guests with live music, food and games for kids.

The event designed to celebrate Hispanic culture will take place from 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday, September 10, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, located at 2316 W. Coldwater Road in Mt. Morris Township.

Tomás Tello, organizer of the event, encourages everyone to attend and expects at least a thousand people.

“It’s basically bringing us together and unifying, letting other Hispanics and the community know that we’re here,” he said. “And Fiesta means a lot to us because it’s not just Mexicans and Latinos, but black and white, Asian and anyone else, no matter what unites them and lets them know that we are brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Musical acts Grupo Viento from Grand Rapids, Conjunto Rey from Pontiac and Karizma Band from Holland are expected to perform.

Tello also claims Michigan’s best fajitas will be on display, with members of the church cooking the dish.

“Our fajitas are a little bit different and they are easier to eat than in a restaurant,” Tello said. “They are grilled and people love it. But people also love to eat our tacos and we are going to have a taco eating contest. People love the Mexican food we offer.”

The Fiesta comes on the heels of Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16.

A game of bingo will be played in Spanish and a bilingual mass will be held at 4 p.m. A beer tent remains open from 5 to 11 p.m.

Vendors are expected to sell Latin t-shirts, candles, oils and novelties.

Tello was originally supposed to be the president of entertainment, but he said that he was forced to do everything for the event and that he loves it.

“I have been a member of the church all my life,” he said. “This festival is a significant event, more so than usual, because we are trying to maintain our rich culture, tradition and identity while weathering the storms of so much ambiguity of changes and transitions, anticipated and unforeseen. So we need this festival to inspire us.”

Parking and admission are free. For more information, follow the Fiesta Mexicana Facebook page.

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