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Fiesta Mexicana fetes Mexico's independence in the melting pot of the Utah State Fair

Published: Thursday, Sept. 15 2011 5:47 p.m. MDT

"One of the things the community in general needs to know and understand is that we value the same things they do. We value our families. We value this state as well. We value what it does and how it's helped us," Enriquez said.

It is especially important that this message is communicated by youths to other youths, said Enriquez.

"That’s our future," Enriquez said.

Editors note: The Deseret News and El Observador de Utah are among the sponsors of Fiesta Mexicana.

Fiesta Mexicana Utah 

Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West 

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Children's Activity Area

Maya & Miguel photo opportunities every hour on the half hour 

Mexican face masks sponsored by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Mexican flowers, maracas and masks sponsored by KUED/V-Me

Clowns and balloon animals

University of Utah Women's Basketball Team, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

11 a.m. Welcome to Fiesta Mexicana

Opening remarks by Andy Acosta, La Jefa 1490 and Gladys Chavez, Telemundo

Welcome by Jesse Soriano, president of Fiesta Mexicana

11:30 a.m. Mariachi Juvenil

Noon Latinos in Action

12:30 p.m. Telemundo cash machine

1 p.m. Los Gitanos

2 p.m. Danza Nahui Ehacati

2:30 p.m. Telemundo cash machine

3:30 p.m. Ruben Hofer

4 p.m. Re-Encuentro Norteno

5 p.m. Los Alia2 - Live Mexican regional music

6 p.m. Jorge Alfredo Cervantes

7 p.m. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera look-alike contest by Viva Frida

7:15 p.m. Introduction and recognition of local and state officials

Color Guard presented by the U.S. Army; United State national anthem by Mary Madrigal

7:30 p.m. Official ceremony of "El Grito."

Special recognition of State of Guanajuato presented by the board of directors of Fiesta Mexicana

Introduction of Consul de Mexico, Socorro Rovirosa

"El Grito" of Mexican Independence by Rovirosa

Mexican National Anthem by Yunuen Carrillo and other traditional Mexican songs

8 p.m. Banda Calibre

9 p.m. Grupo Desafio

10 p.m. Event closes

E-mail: marjorie@desnews.com

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