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Latin American Festival canceled

The Latin American Festival in the Mountains, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs, has been canceled.

The decision was made by Colorado West Broadcasting operations manager Debra Brainard.

“I was hoping and praying we would be able to pull it off this year,” she said. “Unfortunately, with so many organizations still recovering from 9/11 and operating on tighter budgets, finding enough sponsors to put together a top-notch festival proved too daunting a task.”

The estimated cost for the festival is between $30,000 and $40,000, Brainard said.

While vendors expressed an interest in participating in this year’s festival, only a handful of major sponsors signed up by the August deadline: Alpine Bank, Mundo Latino, La Mision and Wells Fargo Bank.

Brainard also said the time crunch was a factor.

“Given the increasing popularity of our Spanish radio station, La Nuestra, AM 980 KGLN, the staff and board of directors were confident they could pull off the festival,” she said. “Hopefully, the economy will continue improving and folks will be in a better position to revive the Latin American Festival in the Mountains in 2003.”

Brainard recognized individuals and organizations who deserve credit and thanks for their hard work, including Robin Herrera, Guillermo Trejo, Marty Martinez, Joan Baldwin, Mason and Morse Real Estate and Premier Mortgage.

The first festival board meeting will be held sometime next month. Brainard encourages anyone with an idea or suggestion on how to make the festival a lasting and unique valley event to join the effort now.

For information, call Brainard at 945-9124.


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