Mexican Fiesta explains tough decision behind cancellation

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Mexican Fiesta is now the latest festival to announce their cancellation this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For three days in August, the sounds and taste of Mexico is brought to the Summerfest grounds. Organizers say the decision to cancel wasn’t easy, but a necessity to help keep people safe.

For 46 years, the Mexican Fiesta Foundation has been able to provide more than a million dollars in scholarships.

A spokesperson for the festival says they not only want to make sure attendees stay safe, but also their international artists and artisans.

While the pandemic may have canceled this year’s event, organizers say education is still a priority. That’s why they still plan on finding a way to contribute.

“It really supports the foundation,” says Tammy Olivas, festival spokesperson. “So, I encourage everybody to consider supporting. I really ask you to consider supporting our young community, our young adults who are excited about starting college.”

The foundation plans on releasing details on ways you can help through different events.

There is a list of options available for people who already purchased tickets for this year’s event. You can find more information here.

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