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Culpeper Fiesta provides services for community By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer The Culpeper Fiesta is just for fun, it’s to help Culpeper’s Hispanic population connect with the community. The 15th annual Fiesta will be held Friday, Sept. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. near the Depot in downtown Culpeper. Organizers Ed and Marilyn Dunphy said the event has become something everyone in the community looks forward to. It’s also a great way to help the Hispanic population find help if they need it. “About 15 years ago the Hispanic population was starting to grow and we noticed they needed help with access to services,” Marilyn said. Then an employee of the health department, Marilyn worked with an AmeriCorp worker to set up the first fiesta, which was held in May. A few years ago, the organization switched to Fridays and held the event in September, which is Hispanic Heritage Month. Sponsored by Columbia Gas of Virginia and Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, the fiesta offers food, fun but most importantly services the Hispanic community needs. One of those services is free sight and hearing testing provided by the Culpeper Mid Day Lions sight and hearing van.

“The Fiesta is kind of a health fair, and it was one aspect we haven’t covered yet,” Ed said. “Vision tests are a thing that’s kind of an extra,” Marilyn said. “We’ve known a lot of Hispanics that obviously need glasses but it’s an extra they can’t afford. We thought it was a good fit.” A multitude of services are offered, from Walgreens providing free flu shots, to a Hispanic Alcoholic Anonymous group, to a FAHAS quick HIV test, to SAFE and including Culpeper Public Schools math and ESL programs. Other organizations that will be present include Germanna Community College, Kid Central’s Head Start program and the Piedmont Dental Clinic. Sycamore Park Elementary students will be dancing, Semilla Cultural from Fredericksburg will be showcasing Bomba and Theatrical Artists of Culpeper will be performing. The other highlight is the food - pupusas, tacos, Peruvian chicken, Puerto Rican food and more. The fiesta has added two new food vendors to help cut down on lines this year. For the Dunphys, the fiesta helps cultivate and share the love of Hispanic culture they discovered while serving in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. “Neither of us spoke any Spanish or new anything about Latin

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The 15th annual Culpeper Fiesta will be held Sept. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. near the Depot. America before that,” Marilyn said. “When you live in a Hispanic country, you acquire a love for the culture. There’s no way around it.” They’ve embraced Culpeper’s Hispanic population, which as changed over the years, Ed said. They first saw Hispanic families move to Culpeper to work on the dairy farms, then that shifted to working in the area green houses. Now, they come to work in construction and many other industries. There’s also more variety to their nationalities, Marilyn said, covering Mexican, Salvadoran, Hondurans and Guatemalans. “There’s been a big change in the

makeup, it covers a much broader territory now,” Marilyn said. They stress that the Fiesta is a safe place for the Hispanic community and want them to feel comfortable in their own town. “When people feel like they are part of the community, they contribute to it,” Ed said. “If you make them feel like they are outsiders, they don’t have anything invested in it.” To learn more about the Culpeper Fiesta, visit their Facebook page or visit www.culpeperfiesta.org. If you would like to help sponsor the event, email vadunphy@gmail. com.

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