Posted Jun 10th, 2008 by Consuelo Hernandez  Category: Events, Toledo.com


Come on out and join in the fun of the 8th annual The Blade LatinoFest Presented by American Family Insurance and Budweiser, taking place on Saturday, June 14 from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the NEW LOCATION, the Lucas County Fairgrounds on Key Street in Maumee. This year’s headlining bands feature La Tropa F out of San Antonio, Texas and La Fiebre hailing from Pasadena, Texas. Mariachi, Tejano and Banda bands round out the day with live entertainment on the main stage beginning at 1:00.

The Blade LatinoFest Presented by American Family Insurance and Budweiser kicks off its 8th season on Friday, June 13 at the Erie Street Market Civic Center Promenade with an appreciation reception from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. A Mexican dance party will follow the reception from 8:30-midnight featuring Grupo Dezeo. Admission for the dance party is $6 at the door.

La Tropa F, based out of San Antonio, Texas, is comprised of members of the musical Farias family. Already with several recordings under their collective belt, they signed to the Manny Music label in 1990, scoring their breakthrough hit with the chart-topping “Mil Noches.” In 1992, La Tropa F won the “Best Local Conjunto” award at the first annual “Pura Vida” Hispanic Music Awards; a year later, they also won the committee’s “Best Conjunto” award, that same year taking home “Conjunto of the Year” honors at the 13th Annual Tejano Music Awards.

La Fiebre, from Pasadena, Texas, a Houston suburb, started out as a rock band. Even today you can hear the rockish guitar riffs in some of their songs. They had a couple of member changes in the early 80s and decided to try Tejano. Their first album, Contagious, exploded and the rest is pretty much history. Noted for their powerful upbeat rancheras and energetic stage performances and awesome light shows, La Fiebre went on to become a top Tejano super group.

The Blade LatinoFest Presented by American Family Insurance and Budweiser will feature over 20 Latino food and merchandise vendors. The “Family Time” activity area will feature pony rides, clowns, magicians, a children’s activity tent, an exhibit from the Toledo Zoo complete with live animals, dancers and more. This year’s festival also will feature celebrity TV and radio personalities, a low rider exhibition, new car display and much more.

New this year, The Blade LatinoFest Presented by American Family Insurance and Budweiser will host the first annual Salsa Tasting Challenge. 9 area restaurants and salsa distributors will by vying for the best mild, hot and specialty salsa as well as the People’s Choice Award for best overall tasting salsa in the area. Free salsa samples will be given away during the competition. Winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. on the main stage.

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For more information, contact Consuelo Hernandez at Sueloh12@aol.com or (419) 350-0758 or Julie Champa at (419) 290-8629 or visit our website at www.LatinoFestThe.com.

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