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Festival las Américas embraces culture

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

CARBONDALE – Saturday’s fourth annual Festival Las Américas at Sopris Park continues the tradition of celebrating Latino culture and the traditions of the American continent.The goal of the festival, organized by Club Rotario Roaring Fork, is also to raise money for the educational grants the club gives each year to local Latino students planning to attend Colorado Mountain College.The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m., and includes cultural, artistic and recreational activities for the whole family. A variety of food styles representing flavors from the Chilean coast to the Rockies will be served. A kids area, mini health fair, arts and crafts booths and beer tent are additional features of the event.

Live entertainment includes cumbia, norteña, salsa, and merengue music and demonstrations. Bands set to take the main stage include Flama Show, Los Líderes del Norte, Fuerza Tropical and Los Lunáticos, of Denver. Entertainment also incudes belly dancers and a selection of traditional ballads from Mexico sung by local resident Jose Huerta.Club Rotario is also looking for nonprofit organizations, community groups and businesses interested in showcasing their services and products during the festivities.Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks during the day. To receive an application, to volunteer or for more information, call Julian from Club Rotario Roaring Fork at 309-5169 or visit http://www.festivalamericas.net.

Who: The whole family What: Fourth Festival Las Américas When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Sopris Park, Carbondale Why: To celebrate the Latino culture and raise money for Club Rotario educational grants How much: free

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