April 10, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

ArtsFiesta! Features Female Mariachi Band

The Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA) will host its annual ArtsFiesta! celebration from 6 – 10 p.m., Friday, May 1, in Founders Park, 330 E. Water St., in downtown Springfield.

The event is a Cinco de Mayo celebration, which will feature an all-female Mariachi band and male vocalist Felipe Villalobos from Springfield’s sister city of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. ArtsFiesta! will present various children’s games, authentic Mexican food and traditional Mexican dancing with costumes performed by Grupo Latino Americano.

The mariachi band will kick off the first Friday Art Walk with a free performance that night at 5 p.m., in the Springfield Public Square. The band also will perform as part of the Artsfest activities on Historic Walnut Street at noon on both Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.

Additionally, Ozark Greenways also will kick off its Bike, Bus, Walk to Work Week challenge with a Bikefest event from 6 – 9 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the Springfield Public Square. Live music, art bikes, giveaways, and information booths are included at the event.

ArtsFiesta! is presented by American Family Insurance, Frito Lay, the City of Tlaquepaque, Mexico, O’Reilly Auto Parts and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Other upcoming activities for SSCA include hosting an inbound men’s softball team from Springfield’s second sister city of Isesaki, Japan, from Thursday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 24. Softball games are open to the public and specific times and dates will be announced the first week in June.

For more information, media contact: Cindy Jobe, SSCA Coordinator, (417) 864-1341.

Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA)
P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1191