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Hispanic Festival Aug. 25 and 26 at Franklin Covey

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"Chips and salsa do not qualify as a Hispanic cultural experience," says Gladys Gonzalez, owner of the Spanish language newspaper, Mundo Hispano. "Utah's Hispanic community is very diverse and we get excited to share it with the people of Utah each year at the Utah Hispanic Festival."

That opportunity will come Aug. 25 and 26 at Franklin Covey Field, 1300 S. West Temple, when the fifth annual festival will offer its unique brand of culture and cuisine.

Top local and national Hispanic performers have been booked, including salsa artist, Yari More. There will be food from more than 20 countries, as well as an open market filled with artwork, crafts and a mini-film festival. The most popular attraction will likely be the Children's Tent, with its face painting and other activities. Many non-profit organizations and outreach programs also will have booths.

Admission is $5 per adult. Children under 10 are admitted free.

Call 468-2299 for information.

"In the past, about 75 percent who attend have been Hispanic," says Vanessa Di Palma, the event coordinator. "This year we hope 50 percent of those who attend will be from other cultures. It's a fun family event where people can share things in an educational setting."

Proceeds help the Bill Garcia Memorial Fund for at-risk youth programs in Salt Lake City.