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Fiesta Beaver Dam returns after 10-year hiatus

September 17, 2018
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Angie Garcia, 8, and her cousin, Maritza Garcia, decorate some rocks during Fiesta Beaver Dam on Saturday.

Fiesta Beaver Dam was welcomed back on Saturday after a 10-year absence, bringing attendees fun, food and a festive environment on a sunny afternoon at Swan City Park.

“I’m happy that this brings everyone together,” Mayor Becky Glewen said. “Neighbors with neighbors, meeting and celebrating together.”

The outdoor family festival centers on celebrating Latino culture. It first began in Beaver Dam in 2005, but only lasted three years. The organizers decided to bring it back and hold it Saturday, the opening day of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Latino Network of Beaver Dam and the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce collaborated on the event, with vendors, food and art.

Elisha Santiago Barudin, with the Latino Network, credited Glewen with helping to point the group in the right direction with the support of the city.

“This wouldn’t have been able to happen without her,” Barudin said.

Young and old gathered to enjoy the food, music and activities in the park.

Entertainment was provided by Top Flight DJ, as well as live salsa music by singer Julio Sostre. There was also a cartoon performance by Edydulce.

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