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The market is celebrating Mexican Independence Day from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

COURTESY PHOTO: ADELANTE MUJERES - Taste-testers samples homemade salsas during a contest at the Forest Grove Farmers Market earlier this summer.The Cornelius Farmers Market is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a traditional El Grito event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, complete with a homemade salsa contest and traditional dances.

"The Salsa Fest has historically been an annual tradition for the Forest Grove Farmers Market, and we are so excited to bring this special event to the Cornelius Farmers Market," market coordinator Sage Fairman said. "The community salsa competition showcases local produce and celebrates the community's unique and creative culinary abilities."

Community members can enter both a spicy and mild homemade salsa contest. Ingredients must be locally grown and are encouraged to be bought from the market.

Participants should bring enough salsa to the market, outside the Cornelius Public Library, for the crowd to sample by 3:45 p.m.

Customers will taste-test each salsa and vote for their favorites as first- and second-place prizes will be awarded in each category.

The market, which is organized by Forest Grove-based nonprofit Adelante Mujeres, and salsa contest will be accompanied by folkloric dance from Oaxaca, Mexico from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. as Grupo Alma Oaxaqueña will share stories of their cultural origins and motivations between numbers.COURTESY PHOTO: ADELANTE MUJERES - Dancers from Grupo Alma Oaxaqueña will be at the Cornelius Farmers Market Friday.

"Many of our vendors at the Cornelius Farmers Market are from Mexico and celebrate this holiday. The Cornelius Farmers Market El Grito celebration highlights our vendor's diverse cultures through music, dance, food, artisanal goods, and more," Fairman said. "Our markets hope to strengthen the local community identity and provide a space for cross-cultural exchange. This event cultivates an educational and interactive opportunity for Cornelius to learn more about and be proud of Mexican culture."


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