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Fiesta del Sol this year promises to be a major festival that will showcase art, food, and music of the Big Bend area. It takes place downtown Alpine on Saturday, June 19 and will be advertised state-wide to attract visitors into our communities. The theme for Fiesta del Sol this year is to strengthen the artistic, cultural, and community ties of the Big Bend tri-county area. We invite the participation of restaurants, businesses, and individuals in Fort Davis, Marfa, Presidio, Marathon, Alpine, and Terlingua to procure a vendor space. Vendor fees are $10, non-profits are free.
However, we have no budget for entertainment for this festival to take place and are relying on community and business support/donations to make this a memorable annual tourist draw for the Big Bend area. This year’s Fiesta will showcase a parade; Taste of Big Bend representing tri-county eateries; an open air Marketplace with arts, crafts, farmers’ markets’, rummage sales, canned goods, and local business vendors; a Kiddie Korner with activities for children; live entertainment all day, and a downtown main stage with dance performances, musical performances, and a headlining band for a street dance on 6th. Friday night, June 18 will launch Fiesta del Sol with live music on the patio at the Holland Hotel® with the amazing sounds of the band SHILO from
7:00 pm-9:30 pm. Latin sensation Del Castillo will take the stage at the Railroad Blues at 10:00pm.
Fiesta del Sol also seeks day care centers and caregivers to set up activities for children at the Kiddie Korner area whilst advertising their business; colorful floats and entries for the parade; vendors for the marketplace (consider holding your yard/rummage sale during Fiesta), including arts, crafts, farmer’s markets, canned produce, soaps, jewelry, etc.; businesses outside of downtown area who would like to set up a booth during Fiesta to showcase their wares; and eateries and restaurants from the Big bend area to set up food vendor area. Fiesta del Sol also needs musicians of all kinds, jugglers, entertainers, dancers, and volunteers.
In order for Fiesta del Sol to become successful, all businesses are invited to participate through sponsorship and participation fees. All contributions will give businesses and individuals mention in advertising. Participation fees are $50 and pledges over $100 give businesses and individuals sponsorship status in advertising. With sponsorship, we can procure the bands, entertainment, Fiesta del Sol T-Shirts, banners, posters, and the rest of the incidentals necessary for a successful festival. Without bands and live entertainment, there would be no festival, and live music is an essential component of Fiesta del Sol, which will be a major draw for this area and local hotels. This Fiesta promises to be the biggest ever, and hopefully, it will set a precedent for others to come. With all residents coming together as neighbors and community, Fiesta del Sol can be a successful annual event held each June that will boost our local economy, fill our hotel rooms, flourish our restaurants, and bring flocks to our stores and boutiques.