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SEP 15

11th Annual Salsa on the Square in Gettysburg

Sponsored by Project Gettysburg-Leon (PGL), the event will observe the 32 years of Gettysburg's Sister City relationship with Leon, Nicaragua. Salsa on the Square is also a Fiesta to celebrate the contributions of Latino people to the economy and culture of Adams County.

According to Karl Mattson, co-president of PGL, Salsa on the Square is a local centerpiece of Hispanic Heritage Month which honors the history and contributions of the 55 million Latino people in the United States, and also celebrates the independence day (September 15) of the five Central American countries: Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatamala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

This year Salsa on the Square takes place on the same weekend as the Heritage Festival (Sunday, September 18), both events giving local people the opportunity to experience the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Adams County.

The Dance will take place on the first block of Carlisle Street, which will be closed from Lincoln Square to the railroad tracks. For the seventh consecutive year, the Salsa Dance will feature the Latino music of Hector Rosado and his Orquesta A-CHE. DJ Solalinda will be on hand to play dance music between the sets and before the band begins.

Local food vendors will include Ragged Edge,the Gettysburg College Servo Express and local mexican restaurants. Gettysburg College students will organize children's games and activities. The Gigantona, a large Nicaraguan folk doll will again make her appearance. Gettysburg Mayor Ted Streeter will make a proclamation declaring September 16 Hispanic Heritage Day in Gettysburg.

The event is partially funded through grants from the Adams County Fruit Growers Association, Rice Fruit Company, the Nancy Cushing-Daniels Fund and the Young Growers Alliance of Adams County.  The Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College is a major contributor.

To learn more about Project Gettysburg-Leon and its projects in Nicaragua and its student and community delegations, visit us online

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