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Fiesta Beaver Dam returns Sept. 15

August 1, 2018

The fiesta is on.

Fiesta Beaver Dam, an outdoor family festival centered on celebrating Latino cultures and open to all, will be held Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Swan City Park. The festival was first held in 2005 but ended a few years later. This year, local organizers came together to stage a comeback.

The Latino Network of Beaver Dam and the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce are collaborating on the event, with vendors, food and art. In the past, various festivals included craft workshops, live dancing and music and plenty of food to offer locals a taste of the different Hispanic and Latino cultures.

The organizers have secured a DJ and are planning other pockets of entertainment throughout the day. It will be an alcohol-free event.

Businesses can represent themselves at the event for a booth fee of $25, but there is an alternative.

“If they provided a kid-friendly activity like painting kindness rocks or building birdhouses or something like that we would waive their fee,” said Linda Chipman of Chippy’s Popcorn Creations and a director with the Chamber of Commerce. “It let’s businesses say, ‘hey, we support the Latino community and we want to see those connections being made.’”

Organizers are also looking for artists who have a connection to Latino countries, which would also come with a small booth fee. A bilingual Facebook page for the fiesta will be up soon.

Sponsorships are available in four tiers, ranging from $250 to $1,000 to help fund the event and come with perks, such as identification in advertising. Although Fiesta Beaver Dam has the blessing of city officials, organizers are raising their own funds.

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