The Great New York State Fair Announces Creation of Latino Village, A Weekend Celebration of Culture

The Great New York State Fair Announces Creation of Latino Village, A Weekend Celebration of Culture

Village Seeks Vendors, Exhibitors, and Musicians For 2018 Event

 

The Great New York State Fair will continue to broaden its reach into the communities of New York State with the creation of Latino Village, a weekend celebration of Latino culture, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced. The Village will operate from Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26 at the Fair’s New York Experience area on the western end of the Fairgrounds. The event builds on the success of last year’s inaugural La Feria event and is part of the Fair’s ongoing effort to represent the diverse cultures of New York State. The celebration will include Latin-themed food, crafts, music and other entertainment.

Latino Village is seeking food and crafts vendors, musicians and others who would like to become part of the weekend event. Interested parties may contact Elisa Morales, event superintendent, at latinovillagenyfair@gmail.com. Exhibitors will pay a $100 fee for the weekend.

The inaugural event in 2017 featured Latino bands and musicians from across the state playing several styles of music, as well as vendors offering food and crafts particular to the culture.  The New York Experience area is home to several of the Fair’s special events, including Family Fishing Day and Timber Sports and Forestry Day. The area features a large pond and many chairs and picnic tables, where Fairgoers can enjoy a peaceful moment amidst the hustle and bustle of the Fair. The Experience stage offers musical performances beginning in the afternoon.

“We are creating a unique cultural experience for people of all ages and colors,” Morales said. “Latino culture is an important part of New York State culture and I invite everyone to come enjoy what we have to offer.”

“Latino Village joins the Pan-African Village and Indian Village in representing important cultural groups within our state.  We program diverse musical acts on our Chevy Court stage. We seek constantly to diversify our lineup of food and merchandise vendors. We continue to work towards our goal of a Fair that represents the best of all of New York State,” Waffner said.

“What a wonderful setting! I really felt I was experiencing the true Latino culture,” said musician Edgar Pagan of the group Grupo Pagan, which performed last year. “Food, music, activities, people -- I was especially touched to see such a diverse gathering of people visiting and enjoying the experience together. A beautiful vibe! I danced the night away and ate way too much. Such a joy that left me proud but also very happy for all the others there. I appreciate that the Fair offers themed villages that allow us all to enjoy the beautiful cultures in our world!”

Latino Village maintains a Facebook page here.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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