2014 Hispanic Summer Fest

The 2014 Hispanic Summer Fest was held at Headwaters Park on Saturday August 23rd. The fest featured singers, dancers, food, and family fun!

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LEFT: Singer Pepe entertains the crowd. Bands from Mexico were lined up to play into the night.

Celebrating Hispanic style

Headwaters fest still growing after 4 years

Photos by Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
ABOVE: Amaneceres de Mexico’s Erika Soto dances at the Hispanic Summer Fest at Headwaters Park on Saturday. The event featured singing, dancing, food and family fun.

Wiping sweat from brows and waving fans, a few families began to gather at the canopied center of Headwaters Park on Saturday afternoon for the annual Festival De Verano, or Hispanic Summer Fest.

It was early, and since the party would go on until after midnight, many more were expected to turn out for the gala – about 1,500 more, said Alejandro Arenas, 37, event director.

The festival, sponsored by local station WGBJ, La Unica, 102.3 FM, began four years ago.

The crowd grows every year, he said.

The event features many favorite Mexican foods and beverages, merchandise vendors and children’s activity booths.

“It’s a big party,” Arenas said.

It attracts adults and children throughout the Fort Wayne area, including many who are from different countries, Arenas said.

“The crowd is about 80 percent Mexican and the bands are from Mexico, as well, but we also have people from South America, Guatemala and other countries,” he said.

Five bands were scheduled to rock the center until after midnight: Los Amos De Nuevo Leon, Banda El Peñasco De Zacatecas, Los B-OK, Viento y Sol and Los Cadetes De Linares.

The 90-degree weather did not seem to deter festivalgoers and even appeared to be a good thing for the beverage vendors that lined the plaza.