Latino Fest draws crowd of smiling faces to downtown Perry

Walking in today's parade were, from left: Rafael Santis (8), Ismael Santis (11), Victor Santis (13), Angels Santis (5) their mother, Ivana.

Presented by Hispanics United for Perry, the annual Latino Fest began with a parade and ended with a sizable crowd filling the streets of downtown Perry.

A variety of vendors and food tents lined a two-block stretch of Second Street, with traditional music and appetite-inducing smells filling the air. DJs Angel, Lening and Juanito provided entertainment, with Tropicalisimo Fuego and Group Aferrado performing in the Raccoon Valley Bank courtyard.

Folk dancers entertained the crowd, with face painting for youngsters also drawing a steady crowd. The event began at 10 a.m. and finished at 8 p.m.

Sponsors included the Perry Chamber of Commerce, Perry Public Library, Raccoon Valley Bank, Family Credit Union, Hy-Vee, DMACC, Iowa State University Extension, Tyson, Dallas County Hospital, Hastings, Nevitt Realty, Ben Franklin’s Five and Dime, Wiese Corporation, Hotel Pattee, Hulgan Plumbing and Heating, RE/MAX realtors, Pastorleria Joceline and

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