On Saturday, September 24th, the Latino Advocacy Coalition in Yamhill County came together to host its first ever Hispanic Heritage month celebration at the Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus. The Latino Advocacy Coalition committed to host a resource fair disguised as a fun and engaging cultural celebration. The event, which also intended to showcase a taste of the Latino Culture present in the community, was named Sabor Latino Yamhill County. Local Latino-serving and Latino-led organizations were especially encouraged to participate and host interactive information booths.
Sabor Latino offered a myriad of activities for all ages, including performances by Mixteco singers, Zumba Instructors, Ballet Folklorico dancers, Aztec dancers, and Salsa instructors. This was also a great opportunity to showcase the Nuestras Voces y Herencias Oral History Project that has been taking place in Yamhill County to record the stories of Latino community members and have them archived in Yamhill’s historical records. Unidos Bridging Communities and Chemeketa Community College were the two main contributors to the event that had support from a number of local organizations including Yamhill Community Care, Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, Henderson House, Promotores de Salud, and many more. A few Yamhill Juntos students also pitched-in while racking up community service hours as they volunteered to help with set-up, games, and the piñata-making booth. Attendees also had the opportunity to register to vote at the Voto Latino booth while learning a little bit more about the democratic process and taking fun pictures in the photo booth.
The event resulted a success with great weather and a lovely energy from all who participated. There were three local food vendors who sold Mexican drinks, snacks, and foods such as tacos, burritos, elotes con queso y crema, fruit lemonades, churros and more! The Latino Advocacy Coalition hopes to make this an annual celebration with the hope of exposing the culture of the growing Latino community within Yamhill while engaging them and others to come together as a community at large.