WF event helps Texoma embrace Latino culture

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Texomans celebrated Hispanic culture at the sixth annual Calle Ocho Festival in downtown Wichita Falls on Saturday.

Zavala, a Texoma non-profit that works to empower the Latino community, helped bring this festival to life.

Mario Ramirez, Zavala Vice President, said he was glad the event was helping to achieve the non-profit's goal.

"The best way I feel like to experience a culture is through some of the music, some of the food, becoming part of that submerging yourself into that."

Mary Anada, another Zavala board member and the voice of the event, said she did not imagine people would come together and celebrate her culture when she first moved to Wichita Falls more than 10 years ago.

"It feels awesome to see everybody embracing it," Anada said. "There are no words to describe it when you see everybody like what you are doing."

Some event-goers said the festival reminds them of home. They were treated to live music, luchador wrestling, jalapeno eating contest, the first ever tamale cook-off and many other family-friendly events.

"Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley in deep south Texas, all this food, the culture, the colors, everything that's going on down here is basically what I was raised on," Chris Kaufman said.

Part of the proceeds raised from the event will go to scholarships for Texoma students. If you would like to apply to one of the scholarships, you can go here.

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