BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
CENTERVILLE – It’ll be a hip-shaking good time.
The sixth annual Peruvian Festival, set for July 20 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Founders Park in Centerville. This year, the free festival will focus on Salsa, a Latin-style music and dance, and culminate in a Salsa concert that will allow guests to join in the fun.
“People can go dance and everything,” said Francisco Calderon, event director for the festival.
More than 100 performing groups will take to the stage during the festival, including well-known Colombian Salsa singer Charlie Cardona. He will headline the main Salsa concert, which will also feature other performers.
“He’s really famous,” Calderon said of Cardona. “Everyone in Peru knows about him.”
Even if you’re not in the mood to dance, the festival still has plenty to offer. Zumba, an exercise routine based on Latin-American dance, will be a part of the festival for the first time.
“Zumba is very popular,” said Calderon. “All the girls are doing it around the world.”
In addition to the music and dancing, there will be vendor booths full of Peruvian crafts and food such as ceviche, a seafood dish, and lomo saltado, which includes strips of marinated sirloin. There will also be activities for kids, including bounce houses.
The festival has grown in popularity over the last few years, bringing in more people who might not otherwise be familiar with the culture.
“The first year, only 3 percent of those who attended the festival weren’t from Peru,” said Calderon. “Last year, it was 60 percent. That is great.”