Calle Ocho 2015

Calle Ocho 2015

Hundreds of people packed downtown Wichita Falls for the sixth annual Calle Ocho Latin Festival sponsored by Zavala and Telemuendo Texoma.

Tickets were $5 at the gate and those who were under 12 were admitted for free. The day started out with music and games for the kids and also featured tamale cook off contest.

"They have just been outstanding so far, " said Wichita Falls City Councilor Tim Ingle. "It is a really honor to be here, it is a tremendous turnout," said Wichita Falls City Council Member Tim Ingle.

Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham declared Saturday Hispanic Heritage Day in honor of the Calle Ocho Festival. Zavala President Roger Palma said many in the Wichita Falls community seemed to have embraced the festival more this year than last.

"Our group is very diversified we don't just promote the Hispanic. We want to bring out what the Hispanics have involved in our community," said Palma.

Iowa Park Spanish Club President Franko Nieto was one of the many of his group to help volunteer to help sell tickets and oversee some of the game booths for kids.

"We started the Spanish club up about two years ago and to be involved in something like this with Zavala is pretty nice they are a big Spanish group in Wichita and so for us to be an up and coming Spanish club it is nice to get involved with them," said Nieto.

All proceeds from the festival go back into Zavala and are put towards educational scholarships for the community. 
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