Summer fest to highlight Latino culture


The Wilson Police Department’s 13th annual Summer Festival will kick off Sunday. And officials hope the community will head out for food, fun and culture.

The festival is designed to bring families from all backgrounds together. The free-admission bilingual event will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Toisnot Park.

Sandy Hernandez, the police department’s Hispanic outreach coordinator, said the festival has become a “yearly festive tradition of our community.”

The festival will have live Latino music, food, entertainment and Folklorico dancers.

“The main goal of this event is outreach to our Hispanic community and build a bridge a trust between our law enforcement and our Hispanic community,” Hernandez said.

Officials said there will be Latin music, Latin food and cultural dancing as well as American food. Hundreds attend the annual event which is hosted by the police department and sponsored by area businesses. There will be a variety of activities for children, including face-painting, inflatables, games and water misters.

Hernandez said the city of Wilson is providing the water misters for the festival. She encourages families to bring a towel and an extra change of clothes for their children.

“They are going to be in the water,” she said. “It’s going to be a nice, fun day at the park.”

The Wilson County Health Department will be providing health screenings, too. Agencies and businesses will have booths set up at the festival where folks can get educational and preventative information and literature on community resources in Wilson.

“We are going to a have a dance competition for kids and adults,” Hernandez said. “We have some great prizes for them.”

Door prizes and T-shirts will also be given away.

“This entire event is put on by local businesses within the community,” she said. Hernandez said the festival is not just for Latinos, but for anyone interested in attending.

“We would love more than anything for the entire community to come out and enjoy the festivities,” she said.

Sponsors for the festival include Thomas Law, 252 Wireless, El Tapatio, Greenlight, the city of Wilson, BB&T, Victory Fitness, the city of Wilson Human Relations Department, the Mexican Store of Wilson and Wilson Stereo and Sound.

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