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Elgin to host Community Friendship Fiesta

Posted: December 14, 2015 5:50 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Next spring, the town of Elgin will host The ALPHA Center’s annual Community Friendship Fiesta, a community picnic celebrating Hispanic culture and multiculturalism. The tentative date of the event will be Saturday, April 6 at Potter Community Park from 4 to 7 p.m.

ALPHA Center representatives Carlos Harris and Tina Griggs asked Elgin Town Council during its meeting Tuesday to have the town host the event. Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons said a similar event had been held in Camden and Richland County.

“We were approached about doing one here because of the growth in our community. So many people do not realize the services and agencies that are available to assist them,” Emmons said. 

Harris said Kershaw County’s Hispanic population is growing.

“For the last two years, the neighborhoods surrounding the metro area are expanding as families migrate from Columbia into Kershaw County,” he said. “A migration of new families into the town of Elgin has created a multicultural environment … represented by Caucasian families, African-American families and Hispanic families, among others.”  

The fiesta would include food, music, raffles and entertainment. The event will also connect people with services The ALPHA Center offers.

“This event will celebrate the multicultural side of the town of Elgin, providing a great opportunity for local businesses, service providers and other vendors to introduce themselves to residents and to understand the needs of the community,” Harris said.

Griggs said The ALPHA Center would cover all costs for the event. Council voted unanimously to have the town host the event. 

In other business, during council briefings, Councilwoman Dana Sloan thanked Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown and Jamie Locklear for putting up Christmas lights around town.

“Chief has worked through the year getting poles fitted,” Sloan said. “I don’t think people know the work that goes on behind the scenes.”

Councilman Ed Smith complimented the Military Salute and War Dog memorial addition. Emmons agreed, saying the dedication for the memorial would tentatively take place in March.

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