Dobson soon will be playing host to what might be a first-ever even for Surry County.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, the town will hold the first Latin Festival, with the event set to kick off that day at 11 a.m. in Dobson Square Park.
Marlene Lopez, who works as Dobson’s billing clerk, has been planning the festival for months. She said the idea came after conversations with many of her Hispanic friends, all of whom were behind the idea of offering a celebration of Hispanic culture in Dobson.
“September is part of National Heritage Month,” said Lopez. “We have a large Hispanic population here, and there’s not anything like this for those of Hispanic descent.”
Lopez said the festival will feature a wide array of Hispanic foods. Food vendors will include those who offer “traditional” Mexican food and even a Cuban food vendor, according to Lopez. “Vendors are coming from as far away as Lexington,” remarked Lopez.
In addition to a large number of food choices, Lopez said there will be craft vendors, a DJ in the earlier hours of the festival, a Mariachi band, and other live bands toward the end of the event. Lopez said there will also be a “surprise dance event,” though she was not willing to release exactly what the event will be.
According to Lopez the event is being funded through the donations of local businesses and a contribution from the local tourism development authority.
Lopez also said the festivities won’t be over when the festival comes to an end at 8 p.m. According to Lopez the town’s monthly movie night will follow the event with a showing of Remember the Titans at the park’s Amphitheatre.
Entry to both the festival and movie night is free of charge.
Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at The Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.