Fiestas Patrias 2019

Fiestas Patrias was last held in Eloy in September 2019.

ELOY — The Corazon de Latinos Unidos has announced that the Fiestas Patrias will return this year after a one-year hiatus.

The Fiestas is scheduled for Eloy’s Main Street Park and will take place the Sept. 17-18.

The Fiestas was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New board President Andrew Rodriguez also announced the new officers of the CDLU Board of Directors. They are Grace Lopez, vice president; Jose Garcia, secretary; and Gilberto Mendez, treasurer. New board members are anxious to plan for the Fiestas this year as many Eloy and county residents have noted they miss the Fiestas and inquired if the event would take place in 2021, Rodriguez said.

Vendor applications are now available for booths. Individuals interested in selling food, beverages, specialty items and games can obtain an application by calling Alexis Ramirez at 520-450-1474 or Natalie G. Valdez at 480-559-4937. The application can also be requested by emailing cdlu.vendors@gmail.com. Nonprofits or government organizations wishing to have an informational or fundraising booth must also complete an application.

Corazon de Latinos Unidos plans and conducts the Fiestas every year. The profits from the vendor booths help pay for the cost of putting on the event. Sponsors have also helped in defraying the costs of the Fiestas. Sponsorships are available and anyone wishing to be a sponsor can call or email one of the two individuals responsible for recruiting sponsors: Norrie Burruel, 520-560-2954, nburruel@ivtowersrealty.com or Ralph Varela, 520-466-7765, varela_ralph@yahoo.com.

Members of the organization are actively planning the traditional Fiestas parade and entertainment, purchased family or business banners, children’s activities and a car show.

Additional information on the Fiestas schedule, including the program, parade and entertainment, will be published as plans are finalized. Applications for the vendor space, sponsorship, banners, parade and car show can be obtained at Great Western Bank, 712 N. Main St., Eloy; Ivory Towers Realty, 13084 S. Sunland Gin Road, Arizona City; Pinal Hispanic Council, 107 E. Fourth St., Eloy; and CAHRA, 109 N. Sunshine Blvd., Eloy.

Another opportunity to support the Fiestas is by purchasing a pole banner supporting the event. The banner can be a personal, family or business message and can be purchased through Grace Lopez, grace.lopez@greatwesternbank.com, 520-413-1542.

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