PORTAGE | The Porter County Hispanic Assembly will sponsor its third annual spring event, the Latin Extravaganza, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road.
PCHA will partner with the Miss Indiana Latina and Miss Teen Indiana Latina State Pageants again this year.
"We are very pleased to work together again with the the Latina pageants," said Victoria Salinas Gresham, PCHA founder and president. "The pageant director is proud to bring the pageant to Porter County this year and have it at the Duneland Falls Banquet Center this fall."
The pageant is open to the public, and tickets will be on sale at the Latin Extravaganza. The public can meet the reigning pageant queens and this year's statewide contestants. Any Latinas interested in becoming a contestant can contact Marriza Negrete, state pageant director, at (219) 712-6559.
The Latin Extravaganza will provide entertainment, food and a variety of vendors.
Last year, the event allowed the group to raise college scholarship funds. PCHA awarded scholarships to Valparaiso University law students and hopes to provide more scholarships to Latino students in the area.
The scholarship cycle is open until July, and students statewide may apply online at the PCHA website at www.portercountyhispanicassembly.org.
This year, the group has welcomed other ethnic groups to participate to make the event a multicultural experience. Small businesses, nonprofit groups and specialty boutiques will be on display at the event.
Performances will be by the Northwest Indiana Ballet Folklorico Tapitio group, directed by Marissela Villaneuva Lynch, and the Portage High School JROTC drill team.
"We hold the event during the Memorial Day holiday because we also want to honor the members of our armed services," said Salinas Gresham.
Admission is free, and vendor space is still available. Call (219) 649-1280 for more details.