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Carson celebrates fall, Hispanic heritage

Christina Cisneros, 15, and Dyvon Walker, 16, conclude the Danzas Folkloricas Panamericans performance with the La Espina dance Saturday at the Fall Fiesta.

Above: Christina Cisneros, 15, and Dyvon Walker, 16, conclude the Danzas Folkloricas Panamericans performance with the La Espina dance Saturday at the Fall Fiesta.

Story and photos by Devin Fisher

Mountaineer staff

The Mountain Post community flocked to Ironhorse Park Saturday to celebrate the changing of the season and Hispanic Heritage Month.

From motorcycle freestyle shows to Hispanic folklore dancers and live music, a car and motorcycle show to face painting, and ethnic foods to pony and donkey-cart rides and

children’s carnival games; the third annual Fall Fiesta offered something for everyone, said McDonald Kemp, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“We got the greatest customers in the world,” he said. “It’s exciting for us to be able to do this for our community.”

Kemp said DFMWR sponsors the event to give Fort Carson Soldiers and Families a chance to take advantage of the “great weather that Colorado has to offer” and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

“We used to do a Fall Fest but decided why not do both; celebrate fall and Hispanic Heritage (Month) at the same time, and expose folks to a very fine and exciting culture that is part of our American fiber.”

Kemp said the Fall Fiesta, which ran from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., drew about 6,000 people as expected.

“It’s nice to celebrate the different ethnicities, experience different foods and make some (cultural) crafts … so my daughter can learn about different cultures,” Family member Bridget Oliver said.

Oliver, who also attended the Rocking the Rockies Independence Day Festival, said she’s been impressed with the multitude of programs DFMWR offers on post.

“I love all the nice stuff they do here, there are lots of things to choose from,” she said.

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