Sep 23, 2012 6:46 PM by Lacey Steele

The first year for Fiesta Village at the Chile and Frijoles Festival is a success

Fiesta Village makes a successful debut at the Chile and Frijoles Festival in Pueblo.

We found out why the village is important to history and culture.

Fiesta Village is a melting pot of culture and history, and during the festival, it sat right next to the El Pueblo History Museum on the grounds where the festival originated.

"We're very pleased with the turnout," said Deborah Espinosa, Director of the El Pueblo History Museum. "In fact it's been overwhelming, and the audiences are so enthusiastic. The response to the entertainment is just through the roof."

It's all about being authentic, from Native American dances to Hispanic culture.

"People see folkloric dancing," said Espinosa. "They see many regions of Mexico, and the costuming, the dresses, it's just incredible."

Everything that makes up Pueblo's history can be found in Fiesta Village, including the food and stuff for the kids.

"Kids are priority, so the pony rides," said Les Trujillo, a Pueblo West resident. "Pony rides, food, and music."

Of course there was time for a break in the shade to hear some traditional Hispanic music.

As the festival grew through the years, more people went towards the Riverwalk.

Folks at the museum are excited about the growth, but wanted to bring more people together in the original spot.

"We want to invite people in to learn about the city's history, which is very old, very complex, diverse," said Espinosa.

So back on the grounds of the first festival, a tribute was paid this weekend to Pueblo's history.

If you didn't get the chance to visit Fiesta Village at this year's Chile and Frijoles Festival, don't worry!

Museum employees definitely want to make it a yearly event during the festival and say they're already planning ways to make it bigger and better!



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