It’s time for a Fiesta! Party. Fiesta. Whatever you call it, it is sure to be a good time. On a Saturday afternoon in early May, my girls and I attended Fiesta Latina, an annual festival sponsored by Buena Vista University’s Raices group and had a blast. This family-friendly event celebrating the Latino culture was held at Chautauqua Park in Storm Lake, Iowa. While I’ve known about Fiesta Latina for several years, I’ve never attended. It didn’t take long to see why more than 1,000 community members and BVU students come to this event each year.
Latin music and children’s laughter filled the air. Before I could park the car, my girls spotted an inflatable maze, so we made that our first stop. After some tumbling and climbing, the girls tried their hand at the dunk tank, gunny sack races, and a balloon/dart game. We took a break to watch a talented Mariachi Band before another round of games. All the games were free, and just for participating the girls were given tickets to exchange for prizes. The prize table was right out of a child’s dream. Sidewalk chalk, kites, Barbies, little cars, Elsa dolls, and everything in-between lined several long tables. After a quick lesson on counting and the value of a ticket, the girls decided to share their tickets and walked away with a yo-yo and a Frozen kite. Pretty awesome for a free event!
We weren’t able to stay long at Fiesta Latina, so I made a list of activities we’ll have to try next year:
- Face Painting
- Crafts (paper flower making, maraca decorating)
- See the Latin Dancers
- Try some yummy food (nachos, tacos, and sweet corn)
The students from BVU’s Raises group were friendly and did a great job hosting this event. My girls and I had fun learning about the Latino culture and playing new games. Be sure to look for information about Fiesta Latina in May, 2016.
If you don’t live near Storm Lake, Iowa and want to join the fun, check out the cultural events offered in your area. Colleges, schools, libraries, churches, and historical societies are just a few great places to start looking for ideas. Big or small, you may find these events are full of small town Iowa fun!