The festival’s organizer is quick to point out the event is not
rebranding of the prior Midwest LatinoFest that used to
be held at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo each summer.
purpose behind the launch of the NW Ohio Latino Fest is to
ignite and celebrate the
histories and cultures of those whose ancestors come from
Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America,” said Josh
Torres, NOHCC president and CEO. “We are committed
and focused on this initiative and continuing to build upon this
festival for years to come.”
“There will be more than 15 large amusement rides, food vendors,
a salsa tasting contest Saturday afternoon with individual and
restaurant categories, and vendor exhibits located indoors in
one of the center’s recreation halls.”
to bring together families, businesses, and non-profit
organizations to a variety of activities and in a diverse and
inclusive environment,” said Josh Torres. “Our pledge is to
nourish the community through economic, cultural exchange and
services through the community-based showcase in a festival
Organizers point out there’s something for everyone in a fun,
family-friendly atmosphere meant to kick off the summer fair and
festival season in a new way.
will be a beer and wine garden as well, for patrons 21 years and
older and Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center will be
doing a family and kids activity tent on Saturday during the
festival,” said Torres. “Also, our entertainment line-up is
superior with many great and exciting acts coming,” said Josh
entertainment includes musical acts and a dance group familiar
to Tejano and conjunto music fans across the area. The music
starts at 6 p.m. Thursday with a performance by singer and
guitarist Hector Mendoza.
Friday’s music kicks off at 3 p.m. with a performance by Los
Aztecas, followed at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. by Los Hermanos
Villegas. La Traizion takes the stage at 7 and 10
p.m. El Corazón de México Ballet Folklorico dance troupe
will give two Saturday performances at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
Michael T Promotions is offering salsa and bachata dance
lessons 3 p.m. Sammy DeLeón and his Orchestra take the
salsa stage at 6 p.m., followed by the award-winning
Yvonne y Fuego at 9 p.m.
Organizers are hoping to draw Latino families and others from as
far away as Defiance, Fremont, Fostoria, and Willard, while
possibly getting attendees from Michigan and Indiana, too. The
festival’s proximity to the Ohio Turnpike and good weather will
only increase their chances of a successful regional attraction.
location logistically worked out for the blueprint of our
festival, which will allow for adequate parking with room to
grow over time,”
said Josh Torres.
Admission is $3 per person, with a $5 charge for parking.
Festival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.
Friday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. More details can be
found at the Hispanic chamber’s website: