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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the Vol State Fall Fiesta

Submitted on September 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM

The fourth annual Fall Fiesta at Vol State is a celebration of Hispanic culture and achievement. Fiesta de otoño, as it is known in Spanish, ties in with Hispanic Heritage Month and will offer everyone the opportunity to come enjoy live music, free food, dance groups and a soccer tournament.

"We're expanding the children's activities this year to include arts and crafts and storytelling," said Eric Melcher, Communications Coordinator for Vol State. "Each year we make sure the Fiesta has plenty to offer the entire family.

People will show off their favorite family recipes during a Latin American food cook-off contest, featuring dishes from many different countries. That contest is sponsored by the Sumner Hispanic Alliance which is also helping to organize the Fiesta itself. After the judging the public will be able to taste the entries. Cultural dances will be performed by the Hispano America Dance Troupe. There will be a soccer tournament running all day long. It will be a half-field, half-team elimination competition with trophies for the top teams. Players and teams can sign up starting at 9 a.m.

"We're encouraging people to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and spend the day," Melcher said. "It's not just for Hispanics, we hope everyone will come out and have fun."

The Fall Fiesta is free. It will be held rain or shine, with the college Gym being used in case of bad weather. The Fiesta de otoño will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 10am to 4pm on the Volunteer State Community College campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information visit www.hispanictennessee.blogspot.com or in English call 615-230-3570 and in Spanish 615-230-4846.

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