Amigos de Westfield brings culture to city Aug. 26


By Noah Alatza

For the third straight year, the City of Westfield is hosting Amigos de Westfield at Asa Bales Park, 205 W Hoover St., from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26.

“This is an annual event that we embrace in the community,” city spokeswoman Erin Murphy said. “We have so many new residents, we want everyone to feel welcome.”

The event will feature traditional, authentic Hispanic food, including El Venezolano, the first Venezuelan food truck in Indiana. Westfield Youth Sports, Inc. is among a handful of other vendors.

The day usually consists of several activities for children, including water balloons, piñatas, jump ropes and more. Live music and dancing will be featured to celebrate Latin Culture. Some of the face paintings in the Kids Zone will be have cultural themes, with different flags kids can choose from.

Attendance for the inaugural Amigos de Westfield in 2015 topped 700 people, far exceeding organizers’ expectations.

“This has always been a focus of (Mayor Andy Cook’s) administration.” Murphy said. “It has always been a huge success.”

Nearly 22 percent of Westfield’s population is Latino, and the population trend continues to climb. According to local census data, the Latino population jumped 5.8 percent between 2000 and 2010.

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