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Live mariachi music and folkloric dancing planned for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at park.

Live mariachi music and folkloric dancing will liven up Sahalee Park in Madras Sept. 14, at the second annual Latino Fest.

The Latino Community Association invites the entire community to be a part of the special celebration. The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, in the park.

Latino Fest celebrates the Latin American cultures from which many residents of Madras and surrounding areas have their roots. The festival includes educational cultural booths, a community resource fair with kids' activities, delicious food, business vendors and live local entertainment, including: La Luna Folkloric Dancers, El Toro y su Alegria Nortena band, the gymnastics group Unique Performing Arts, DJ Sonido Sangre Azteca, and Mariachi Los Temerosos de Juan Antonio from Hood River.

Visitors can stroll through the park to watch performances, taste ethnic foods, find out about programs and services in the community, and enjoy kids' games, breaking pinatas, and bouncing around in a jump castle.

Latino Fest will be sharing the park with the Madras Saturday Market, where local farmers sell fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meat, and local handcrafted items from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Seventh Street side of the park.

For more information, call LCA at 541 325-6837 or 541 382-4366, visit, or connect on Facebook at LCALatinoFest.

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