Latino Days @ the
Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea was tremendous success
By La Prensa Staff
Cuyahoga County Fair
organizers distinguished itself from the many other festivals
and fairs in the Cleveland area by tapping into a long,
overlooked, but rapidly growing Latino population.
The Cuyahoga Fair in
Berea, Ohio for the first time offered two Latino Days
which celebrated Northwest Ohio’s Latino culture with a line-up
of musical and dance performances and various activities.
was held August 5 and August 7, 2014. The fair, was held from
August 4-10, attracted more than 150,000 people this year.
“I’m very proud of what
we’re doing to welcome the Latino community,” said Candyce
Traci, a spokeswoman for All-Media Design Group, the
Cleveland-based company that was hired to organize and promote
the fair’s Latino Days. “It’s something we’ve want to do on an
annual basis. This is a trial run.”
The first Latino Day,
Tuesday, August 5, featured performances by cultural dancers,
mariachi, free Salsa dancing lessons and a Salsa contest. The
second day featured musical performances by various local
artists, including: Justo Saborit, Grupo Son Gitano, Papa Ruiz y
Su Merengüe and bachata star Domenic Marte from The Voice,
a popular TV contest show. Other local talent included Guitonsky,
Catt, Mika Nova and Poly Del Mambo.
The Cuyahoga County Fair,
which has had several name changes over the years, was first
held in 1829 in the downtown public square, said David
Stephan, who sits on the festival’s board of directors. The
fair was relocated to its current location around 1895, which is
why most people believe the fair has only been in existence for
118 years, he said.
Fair organizers previously
tried an “international theme,” but decided they would be more
successful if they focused on one or two different cultures,
“We’re trying to make the
fair more competitive with other fairs in Cleveland,” said
Stephan. “We’re anxious to see how it goes.”
Photos courtesy of Richard Romero. ¡Gracias!