The Central Valley Farmworker Foundation hosts second annual Dia de la Familia event in Delano


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Central Valley Farmworker Foundation hosted the event at Cecil Park in Delano.

Hector Martinez, Features Editor

The Central Valley Farmworker Foundation hosted the second annual Día de la Familia event at Delano’s Cecil Park on Sept. 9 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event celebrated farmworkers and their families with entertainment, food, music and multiple local organizations providing information to the families.

The Executive Director for the Central Valley Farmworker Foundation (CVFF), Hernan Hernandez, was in charge of running the event.

Hernandez explained that the idea for the event came from one of the Joe Garcia, a chair member of CVFF.

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Dia de la Familia begins with a great Mariachi show that lasted for almost an hour.

“He got the idea from Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation. They do a similar event in Napa for farmworkers. They try to connect the local community resources to them in a one-day event,” said Hernandez.

He also said that the only thing that was different from last year’s event was the vendor capacity which increased from 45 organizations to near 70 this year. He added that they do not charge any of the vendors that participate with them because they are doing something good for the community.

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People started to gather for the Mariachi show while they waited for some free tacos.

“We have also added an Immigration Clinic on sight so if a farmworker or any community member needs help with any immigration paperwork they can get it done today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez also explained that the event is going to be an annual event that will take place at Delano, but it will also expand to Fresno County and Madera County starting next year.

“It is an event for farmworkers not just Delano. Last year’s event we had people coming all the way from Arvin and Visalia,” said Hernandez.

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The event also included Aztec dancers to entertain the audience members with several numbers.

The event’s primary objective was to get farmworkers and their families involved in the local organizations. It was also to celebrate a Sunday with their families with free music, entertainment, and food and games for kids.