Spanish heritage celebrated in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — For the fourth year in a row, the Spanish Heritage Committee hosted its festival in Youngstown.

The Spanish Heritage Festival in Youngstown may be modest, but on Sunday they got to show their heritage off in a big way.

“To enjoy everything that we have to offer out there from food, entertainment, everything that we have,” said Spanish Heritage Festival cocommittee member Victoria DeJesus.

Event goers, some from out of town, enjoyed live wrestling, face painting, and even watched traditional dancers take the stage.

Charles Jangdhari of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was especially empressed with the festival.

“It’s suprising that Youngstown has such a large Spanish community, which is very nice,” said Jangdhari.

It was also a nice way for local restaurants to show people a taste of what they have to offer.

“We’re in a small town so you don’t get to see our heritage supported like this,” said local restaurant owner Louis Lebron.

With supporters and curious minds coming in and out of the festival, those involved with the festival said it means everything to those who have so much pride.

“I love it. It’s nice to be recognized. To know that we’re with in the community for all the hard work that we do,” said local vendor Gina Melfi.



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