Latin dancing, food and music will be part of the fifth Latin Festival at Chattanooga State Community College on Saturday. / Chattanooga State Contributed Photo

A free festival of Latin culture — from music and dancing to authentic foods — will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at Chattanooga State Community College. This fifth annual Latin Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, 4501 Amnicola Highway.

Visitors will enjoy local Latino culture with live music, dancing and hands-on activities for all ages. Lily Sanchez of La Paz will emcee the event.

There will be performances of traditional dances from El Salvador and Puerto Rico, Latin- American songs and Bachata dance instruction. Additionally, the East Lake Expression Engine, Chattanooga State Choir and Symphonic Band will also entertain visitors to the festival.

Get a true taste of Latino food from vendors selling empanadas, arepas, tamales, pollo loco, nachos, tacos, quesadillas, Mexican-style chargrilled chicken, street corn and paletas (natural Latin-style popsicles).

Operation Get Active, a program of the Chattanooga Football Club Foundation, will have inflatable soccer fields for 3-on-3 play with CFC-themed prizes for teams that win more than five games in a row.

Proceeds from this event support the Chattanooga State Latino Scholarship.

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Festivals this weekend

SEPT. 13-15

* Blue & Gray Barbecue and Festival: Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free admission, additional cost for barbecue, benefits Friends of the Mansion; barbecue, crafts and food vendors. Tours of mansion 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 adults, $1 children. 423-488-0861

* Craft Fair: First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, 2645 LaFayette Road, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, Sew Much More Crafts and Vendors Sale with 20 vendors. 706-866-0232

* Fried Green Tomato Festival and 5K: Downtown Niota, Tenn., 7:30 a.m. Saturday 5K road race, $25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. festival, free, food and craft vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, beauty pageant, green tomato cook-off, music.

* International Cowpea Festival: Charleston City Park, 103 Worth St. NE, Charleston, Tenn., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, free; cookoff, crafts and food vendors, family fun field, music.

* White Oak Crafts Fair: Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT Sunday, $3 includes parking; 75 artists exhibit along the banks of the East Fork Stones River, new young artists tent this year for children.


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