Hispanic Heritage Festival PHOTO

Mosaicos dancers return to Frankfort to be part of the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday at Prairie Creek Park.

Food, music, art, dancing and other traditions will be available for the community to enjoy during the Hispanic Heritage Festival from 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Park. After being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the City of Frankfort is happy to host its second Hispanic Heritage Festival at Prairie Creek Park.

“We are excited to have the festival this year,” said Kimberly Black, administrative assistant and events coordinator for the Frankfort Parks Department. “(I am) looking forward to the vendors and the different entertainment that will take place at Prairie Creek Park at The Farmers Bank Performance Center Stage. This year our festival has grown even bigger than 2019. We have almost 30 vendors, some food, some crafts and clothing, some of them nonprofit, but they will all be part of the Hispanic Heritage Festival this year. So, we are excited to bring it back bigger and better than in 2019.”

Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets will welcome festivalgoers at 4:15 p.m. before the essay and art competition awards are presented on The Farmers Bank Performance Center Stage at 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Frankfort Lions Club, the essay contest was taken on by Clinton County high school students who were asked to write an essay on the topic, “What is the role of youth in establishing unity in a multicultural society?” A panel of 10 judges have reviewed the essays and selected the finalists.

Sponsored by Del Real Auto, the art contest was taken on by Frankfort Middle School students who were asked to create an art piece that represents unity and a sense of celebration in a multicultural society.

The folklore dance group Mosaicos will perform on The Farmers Bank Performance Center Stage at 5:15 p.m., and there will be a empanadas cooking demonstration starting at 6:30 p.m.

A traditional clothing exhibition will begin at 6:40 p.m.

“We are doing a traditional wear cultural show, talking about the different traditional clothing they would have worn and the significance of it,” Black said. “I am excited about that. Not only are you experiencing authentic food and enjoying music, but you are also learning about the different communities inside the Hispanic culture.”

The evening will be capped by two music acts on The Farmers Bank Performance Center Stage. La Principal Banda Reencuentro will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. followed by Trio JVM at 9:15 p.m.

The theme of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Festival is “Unite and Celebrate.”