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Raza Fest to showcase local talent

Everyday people with a special talent are invited to show off what they've got this weekend at the second annual Raza Fest set to take place in Sunnyside.

Sunday, Aug. 29, Navarro's Community Center will be abuzz with activity as people gather to show off talents ranging from slam poetry to break dancing and rapping.

One of the event organizers, Luis Lara of Toppenish, said he hopes the event will serve as a way to draw attention to the talent possessed by Valley residents.

"There are a lot of talented people out there who go the wrong way because there aren't events like this," Lara said.

Raza Fest, which Lara has spent the last month organizing with his girlfriend Madeline Alviso of Sunnyside, offers an opportunity for people to gather together and show off their special skills, as well as take in the talent that is located in the area.

Lara said anyone with a talent is invited to come out and participate, noting that there will be prizes and cash awards available. At this point, Lara said there are several different categories people can participate in, including poetry, break dancing, rapping, freestyle and art. He noted that judges will be on hand that evening to decide the winners.

According to Lara, there are already about 20 people lined up to participate in the event, including a rap group from Mabton and another from Toppenish.

Lara said Sunday night Navarro's will be set up with a main stage for performances and tables set up throughout the building displaying artwork.

Those who want to showcase their talent during the Sunday night event, be it a performance or submitting artwork for the show, are asked to contact Lara for more information. Although he noted that if someone shows up the door Sunday evening wanting to perform or with artwork, they will not be turned away.

Lara added that the prizes that will be awarded during Raza Fest have all been donated by local businesses, and the cash awards will come from the money collected at the door Sunday night.

Raza Fest is set to take place Sunday, Aug. 29, at Navarro's Community Center from 4 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, contact Lara at (509) 305-0289.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at eolmstead@eaglenewspapers.com

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