Kilgore ISD hosted its annual Hispanic Heritage Festival Oct. 22 in Kilgore City Park.

By all accounts, the event was a success, with its usual schedule of songs, dancing and presentations about the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country. Also featured were home-cooked foods and beverages representative of Hispanic cuisine.

KISD Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker confirmed the event had larger participation than last year and that the event continues to grow. Baker shared his excitement about parents and community members attending in large numbers to see student groups of all ages performing a variety of songs and dances.

Students from Kilgore Primary, Chandler Elementary, Kilgore Intermediate and Kilgore High participated in the event, singing and dancing cultural songs.

The event was hosted by students from KHS’ Future Hispanic Leaders of America and La Bamba, the KHS Spanish Club, entertained audience members with games, KHS art students painted faces and FHLA members also offered additional activities.

Kilgore Public Library joined in the festivities by offering library cards to those wishing to use the library’s services.

“What a great way to celebrate our cultures!” Baker said.

“We are really proud of our Kilgore students. They did a wonderful job of representing themselves, their community and their heritage…proud to be a Kilgore Bulldog!”

A highlight of the event was the salsa competition, which was judged by Baker and members of the KISD school board.

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