Annual Mexican Fiesta scholarship benefit draws a crowd

09152015 DSC 3777An attendee at the event reacts to her friends during the annual Mexican Fiesta Sunday at St. Thomas Catholic Church. (Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar)

As expected, there was lots of food, dancing and colorful costumes at Sunday’s annual Mexican Fiesta at St. Thomas Catholic Church. The annual event has been held for 48 years by the Ojai Valley Mexican Fiesta Scholarship Committee to raise money to help send Latino students from the Ojai Valley to college.
What wasn’t expected is that a former scholarship recipient, Severo Lara,  no happens to be the mayor of Ojai. Teresa Vargas, publicity chair for the event said  Lara telling the crowd how the scholarship helped him was one of the highlights of the day.

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