Volunteers Plan Latin Fest in the Poconos

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Henryville, Monroe County – The Latin-American population in the Poconos is growing. Community leaders plan to celebrate that with a big festival later this month.

This will be the second year for the Latin Fest. Organizers say this year will be bigger and better than the last.

Event leader Edwin Prudencio came to America from El Salvador when he was 8-years-old. His family escaped civil war in Latin America.

While he loves the US, Edwin also loves to honor his heritage. So, he started the festival. He said, “The idea of the festival is to embrace our country here, the United States, our culture here and bring our culture here also.”

The festival will celebrate all Latin American cultures.”Some of the performers are from Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico,” listed Edwin.

Performer Perla Solana will sing. She will also help prepare some Latin foods, including specialties from her family’s home country, the Dominican Republic.

In addition to the food and bands, there will be dancing, painting, and Zumba. It’s all meant to bring the community together.”I want to make it a day of fun for everyone. Just come out, have a great time,” said Edwin.

You don’t have to be Latin American to enjoy it. “It’s a time for everyone to bond and everyone to try something new, listen to new music,” said Solano.

The event is Sunday, August 23rd at Alpine Mountain in Henryville from 1p.m.-7p.m.

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