Tifton-- Lots of music and dancing set the pace for the 10th Annual La Fiesta Del Pueblo, the Spanish name for, "the festival of the town," says organizer Luz Marti.
The town for this special festival is Tifton, a place that's embraced the Hispanic community. "Tifton is a great progressive place so I think that we have really helped this community," says Marti. And just like a good Latin song, the Hispanic culture is growing at a steady rhythm.
"In South Georgia, I would say probably 40,000," says Marti.
The goal of the festival is to bring thousands together through traditional music and culture. Although Miss La Fiesta 2005 is from Brazil, she was chosen to represent the entire culture. "It's very exciting because I get to represent the whole Latin America," says Miss La Fiesta 2005 Marina Batista.
She says the culture is a dynamic one that covers many countries and everyone should attempt to learn about them. "I think that's very important and that's a good thing," says Batista. Dancers know good music when they hear and feel it. "We all love it. Everybody's Hispanic so we're giving them something from our own country," says dancer Angel Aguilar.
So with each song, dance step and swing of a skirt, they hope to keep that rhythm moving through South Georgia. "Gracias! gracias!," says Marti. They extend their thanks for a chance to dance to what they hope is an endless song.
The festival is held every year at the end of September. It coincides with Hispanic month which runs from September 15th through the 15th of October.