The Hispanic Heritage Council of Texoma will be hosting the 22nd annual Hispanic Festival Saturday on the Kidd Key Municipal lawn in Sherman.


In 2018, HHCT President Diana Salas was brimming with excitement at the response the festival received.


“Every year it gets bigger, we’re touching more cultures, more diversity in our community, that’s a huge deal,” she said at the event. “I can tell the rain is not stopping anyone. I don’t think the rain is going to stop us at all.”


In past years, along with several bounce houses, the Hispanic Heritage Festival included a live Mariachi band and other music. There were vendor booths with food and information about area businesses.


Here are three things to know about the event that starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.


1. Celebration of independence


The event is generally held around Sept. 16 which memorializes Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain in the 1800s.


Though it started with a focus on Mexico, the independence of various Latin countries is now celebrated during the event. What started out as a smaller event in conjunction with the Grayson County Health Department decades ago has continued to grow through the years.


Now aimed at raising scholarships, the event has seen between 5,000 and 10,000 people attend.


2. Food, food and more food


There will be cuisine honoring a variety of Latin American cultures. There will be papusas, tacos, and such, but there will also likely be foods from Honduras, Guatemala and Argentina.


3. Music to dance


HHCT President Dina Salsa said there will be a Mariachi band that will play at the event for about 30 minutes. The musical group performing the Mariachi music is generally made up of a guitars, violins and trumpets.


The rest of the day, the music will be provided by a DJ and will include a mix of American music and music from Latin American countries.


What is your favorite part of the Hispanic Heritage Festival? Let Editor Jerrie Whiteley know at JWhiteley@HeraldDemocrat.com.