Jamaica Festival Celebrates Every Culture

Hispanic heritage month celebrations continue here in Texoma and today Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Wichita Falls hosted its second event in honor of Mexico's independence.

It's called the Jamaica festival. The kitchen at the church was pretty busy this morning and filled with the smell of mouthwatering authentic Mexican food. Kids were testing out the games, all in preparations for what eventually turns into the festival. Organizers say the name Jamaica represents exactly what the event is all about.

"It's a Mexican drink called Jamaica. It's kind of like a tea and they said, why don't we name it Jamaica? It's getting the community together and make it into a Jamaica. Get it all together and blend it in," said Benita Garcia, one of the event organizers.

That's why even though the event is a celebration of Mexico's independence, people from every race, religion and every corner of Texoma are invited to be part of it.

"Oh there are many, many races coming. I mean, we have people that come out of town to just come out here. The food is delicious. You can't resist the food that we have here," said Angelica De Leon.

The food is exactly what Texomans look forward to the most every year. The Jamaica is a fundraiser for the church and that's what brings in most of the funds. Last year the event raised about $35,000.

The Jamaica Festival will go on until 11p.m.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6