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Latin-style festival has eats, games

Published Aug. 28, 2005

The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association is taking a new approach to raise money for its scholarship fund.

The first Spanish Heritage Fest will be a day of Latin music, food, dance and games for children and adults. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and running throughout the day, the event will take place on the grounds of the SNPJ Lodge at 13383 County Line Road.

The 22-year-old Latin American Civic and Cultural Association distributes baskets of food to needy families on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it focuses on raising money for its scholarship fund.

The association awards a scholarship to a Latin American student from each of the four high schools in Hernando County every year. Students who excel academically, are involved in their community and who have a financial need are eligible.

"In the past, we have had fashion shows, variety shows and concerts to raise money for our scholarship fund, but this is the first time we are having this kind of an event," chairwoman Gladys Pedersen said.

Admission to the festival is $2 per car. The association will also charge for food, drinks, games and contests.

There will be a Spanish food court as well as hamburgers and hot dogs for people who prefer American fare, Pedersen said.

Activities will include a water balloon race, a dunk tank, sack races and a Latin dance contest.

For information about the Spanish Heritage Fest, call Pedersen at 683-6235 or Santos Reyes at (727) 856-0135.