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Pearsall hosts Hispanic Heritage Festival this weekend

After opting to cancel last year’s event due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Pearsall is slated to host the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival this weekend.
The two-day event, which coincides with Pearsall High School’s Homecoming, will be held at Polo Patino Park on Saturday, October 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10.
According to event organizer and local disc jockey Albert “Motor Mouth” Martinez, the inaugural event in 2019 attracted 5,200 people.
“This year I project we will attract around ten thousand people,” Martinez said in an interview last week.
The free event features live entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with Chris Ramirez y Grupo Letal followed by Magnifico 7; Marcos Orozco and the award-winning Tejano band Siggno take the stage from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 10, Los Jimenez will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. followed by South Texas Homies and Eliseo Robles. The night ends with Los Tigrillos, who perform from 10:30 p.m. until midnight.
Gates will open at 3 p.m. each day with vendors selling food and other merchandise. Patrons can join bingo games that begin at 7 p.m. each day.
According to Martinez, a washer pitching tournament will be held each day beginning at 1 p.m.; a $20 entry fee will be charged per team.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is marked between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, a time where the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans’ history, culture and achievements are recognized.