Get back to your roots with the Calhoun County Cultures and Cuisines fair

By Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
March 13, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.

Calhoun County is filled with people from diverse backgrounds, and community members are getting together to celebrate where they come from on Saturday.

The first Calhoun County All Cultures and Cuisines fair and Parade of Ancestors will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown Port Lavaca.

The event was put together as a way to celebrate the heritage of those in the community, committee member Rose Pena said.

Pena said the event is a good way for young people to learn about things about their backgrounds that they can't learn in school.

"This is the unwritten information that's not in textbooks, and it's important for the future generations to know where they come from," Pena said.

The event will start at 11 a.m. with a parade featuring people dressed as their ancestors or to represent different ethnic groups that have a history in Port Lavaca.

The fair will be free with live music and dance from various ethnic groups. A dance company will perform French and Spanish dances as well. Concession stands will sell Irish, African, Mexican and other types of food, including turkey legs. The concessions will cost between $3 to $5, and hot dogs will be offered as well.

Pena said the event also gives Calhoun County something to offer during the off-season months.

The Calhoun County All Cultures and Cuisines Committee was formed to put together the event.

Pena said they hope this will be the first of many years to come.

"Personally speaking, I've taken history for granted in the past, and we have an immense amount of different ethnic groups here," Pena said "We're very diversified, but the whole community has come to the table. It's going to be a lot of fun."



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