News release 11-032: Sacajawea State Park plays host to the sixth annual Festival Mexicano

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05 Jul, 2011 07:53 PM

Don Hoch




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Sacajawea State Park plays host
to the sixth annual Festival Mexicano


OLYMPIA - July 5, 2011 - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the sixth annual Festival Mexicano at Sacajawea State Park.

The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Road, east of Pasco, off U.S. Highway 12, between Pasco and the Snake River Bridge. The event features traditional music, arts, crafts, dance and performances by local musicians. Food will be available for purchase. Festival Mexicano is free to the public. The Discover Pass is not required for those attending the festival.

Headlining the program will be Yakima Valley area musical group, Tormenta de Durango. Other performers include Pegaso Musical from Hermiston, Ore., and Los Ilimitados de Michoacán and Conjunto las Águilas, both from the Tri-Cities area. Event performances scheduled as follows:

Noon - 1 p.m.: Welcoming announcements and DJ
1 - 2 p.m.: Open mic featuring four local talents
2 - 3 p.m.: Conjunto las Águilas
3 - 4:30 p.m.: Pegaso Musical
4:30 - 6 p.m.: Los Ilimitados de Michoacán
6 - 7 p.m.: Tormenta de Durango

The Washington State University Yakima Valley and Tri-Cities' Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement Program (MESA) will present a bilingual, hands-on children's science museum, Acceso a la Ciencia.

Co-sponsors of Festival Mexicano include La Voz Hispanic Newspaper, Cherry Creek Radio (KZHR & KONA), Radio La Gran D and Radio JUAN.

Festival Mexicano is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington's diverse cultures and presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The program is a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission, the Washington State Parks Foundation and Northwest Heritage Resources with funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission program grants. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit

Festival Mexicano is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend, please call (509) 545-2361 or (360) 902-8526. Those who are hearing- or speech-impaired may call the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

Sacajawea State Park is a 284-acre day-use park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers located five miles southeast of Pasco. The area is spacious with a wide skyline and views of the two rivers as they flow together. The park includes the Sacajawea Interpretive Center, which features interactive displays telling the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the experiences of Sacagawea, the young Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied the Expedition.

The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 98-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

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