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Updated: 10/04/2013 06:44:26PM

Inaugural Latino Festival a huge draw

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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


(From left) It was only 2 p.m., but Oralisa Crespon, Elexier Diaz, Adriel Crespo and Julissa Crespo were one of the first arrivals at the inaugural Latino Festival. The event was held at Lake Eva Park in Haines City.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


(From left) Veronica Lopez, Mario Anzucelde and Alycia Lopez, with radio station WQXM ready themselves for a fun day at the Latino Festival. Veronica is an administrative assistant, Mario an engineer, and Alycia an on-air personality.

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Not all food vendors were serving Latin American favorites. Hervin Henry, of Prestige Jerk Stop, holds aloft some Jamaican Jerk beef.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


It would be several hours more, at 4 p.m., before these two pinatas would be broken by children, who would then enjoy the candy inside.

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Yes, there were taco stands at the inaugural Latiino Festival held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lake Eva Park in Haines City.

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The heat and blazing sun prompted many people to set up beneath the large oak tree at Lake Eva Park in Haines City.

By STEVE STEINER

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Although people of Hispanic heritage make up the largest population base in Haines City, it was not until this past Saturday, Sept. 21, that Haines City held its first-ever Latino Festival. City officials estimate a crowd of nearly 7,000 turned out.

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