The City of Rosenberg joined the Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum (FBHHF) and the Downtown Merchants of Rosenberg (DMOR) as they hosted the final “Summer Fun in Historic Downtown Rosenberg” event of 2011 on Saturday, September 17.
Hispanic Heritage Day was opened with Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. proclaiming the day “Hispanic Heritage Day” in the City of Rosenberg, and calling upon all citizens to embrace the wealth of contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our City, State and Nation. Congressman Pete Olson gave a brief speech, and local resident, Ana Gonzales warmed the crowd up for the day by giving an overview of the many things Fort Bend Hispanics have to be proud of in their heritage. Boy Scout Troop 632 presented the colors.
The day featured live music from the Sin Tema Band, Mariachi Urgulio Juvenile, and Michaela Garza, and dance performances by Guadalupe Ballet Folklorico. Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum provided a cultural and historical display, and there were plenty of kids’ activities courtesy of the Our Lady of Guadalupe youth group, a bike give away, and jalapeño eating and sombrero contests.
Brazos River Provisions hosted a jalapeño eating contest on behalf of the Downtown Merchants in which four individuals competed. First, second, and third places were awarded to Michael Rodriguez (16 jalapeños), Johnny Ortega (15 jalapeños), and Samuel Myers (14 jalapeños), respectively. Additionally, the FBHHF held a sombrero contest, awarding grand prize to Linda Vasquez, and runner-up awards to Catherine and William Benton.
A big “thank you” goes out the FBHHF and their sponsors, ABC Dental Family Dentistry, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, Arredondo Rentals, Councilor William Benton, Bob’s Radiator Works, Bob’s Taco Station, C & J’s Insurance Services, Lee Cabello, E.P. Compean Funeral Directors, Frito Lay, Legacy Ford, Mesa Auto Insurance, and Councilor Juan Salazar, for making the last “Summer Fun in Historic Downtown Rosenberg” extra special!
“Summer Fun” events were held the third Saturday of each month from June to September in Rosenberg’s Historic Downtown District from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. . The event series was designed to showcase Downtown and help celebrate Rosenberg’s heritage while providing free, family-friendly activities and entertainment throughout the day.