Viva Texicana fiesta, concert set Saturday
By Matt Ward— The first annual “Viva Texicana” Hill Country Fiesta, celebrating Hispanic heritage in the Texas Hill Country, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4-9 p.m. at Pioneer Museum, located at 325 West Main Street.
The event will be an evening of family-friendly fun hosted by Stephanie Urbina Jones, a third generation Hispanic-American country singer-songwriter and featured artist on the TV show “Troubadour Texas.”
Festivities will kick off at 4 p.m. with an hour-long performance by Mariachi Nuevo Estilo ADM, recent “America’s Got Talent” performers whose style mixes traditional Mexican music with some of today’s top hits.
A special “Fiesta Fun Zone” with free children’s activities will take place from 4-6 p.m. featuring educational and cultural arts, crafts and games, including piñatas, mariachi musical chairs, a tortilla toss, fiesta rubber ducks, storytelling in English and Spanish and more.
From 5:15-6 p.m., the “Freedom Beat”, a group of at-risk youth from Uvalde, will take the “Viva Texicana” stage, showcasing their use of trash cans and other non-traditional items to create music.
Festivities will continue at 6 p.m. with the crowning of the Grito! King and Queen and the Arriba! Salsa jalapeño eating contest, followed by a Mariachi band and Mexican Folklorico dancers at 6:30 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., “Viva Texicana” Hill Country Fiesta host Stephanie Urbina Jones, will take the stage for the “Viva Texicana” Hill Country Fiesta Grand Finale.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.
More information on “Viva Texicana” is available at www.facebook.com/TexicanaHillCountryFiesta or from Greg Stone at 995-2482.