Association hosts its first major festival in East County

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ELIZABETH ANDERSON - Bamba and Dina of Pilon DAzucar will provide entertainment at the festival Saturday, Aug. 24.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, East County residents will substitute their fireworks and hot dogs for bachata (Latin music and dance) and plantains to celebrate a different kind of Independence Day.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Ecuadorean Association will celebrate the South American country’s separation from Spain in 1822 with a variety of cultural games, music and food.

The event takes place at Columbia Park, 1900 S.W. Cherry Park Road, behind Reynolds High School.

“For us, this is a time to celebrate the first cry of independence and emancipation from Spanish domination,” said Elizabeth Anderson, an event organizer.

Saturday’s festivities will include family friendly activities such as volleyball, storytelling, a bounce house, piñata and raffle.

Local salsa and merengue band Pilon D’Azucar and the Cuban DJ Ariel will provide musical entertainment for the day with their hip-shaking tunes. Raices also will perform folklore music.

Anderson said the Ecuadorean Association includes about 100 families throughout Oregon, predominantly in the Eugene, Salem and Portland areas.

She said the Ecuadorean consulate may even make a guest appearance from San Francisco.

The festival has been held on the west side of Portland, but this marks its foray into East County.

Admission to the event is $10, and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish for the potluck. They are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

For more information, email Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ELIZABETH ANDERSON - Raices, folklore musicians, will perform at the Ecuadorean Independence Festival. Nelson, left, and his daughter Cece Salazar, right, are part of the group.

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