Originially Published by TheStarNews, March 2016

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National City’s Pepper Park will be swinging this weekend with the signature sound of Mexico, mariachi. The National City Mariachi Festival and Competition, Sunday, March 13, will bring top professional mariachi and showcase student mariachi on two stages.

“It’s a festival environment.  There’s food booths, there’s a whole children’s area so people can expect pony rides and a petting zoo,” said Jacqueline Reynoso of the National City Chamber of Commerce which hosts the festival. “We will also have a beer garden and there will be shuttle service from the trolley station.”

“So we’ll have a lot of cool family fun along with the main stage where the competition is going to be held and some of the showcase performances,” Reynoso added.

Music will be performed by top student mariachi bands from Texas, Tucson, Mexico and San Diego schools, alongside performers like Javier Rodriguez y su Mariachi los Aventureros, Mariachi Aztlán of the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley, Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista and Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlan.

“I’m excited about it. It’s the biggest free mariachi event that we have in San Diego,” said Jeff Nevin, founding member of the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation which partners with the Chamber of Commerce. “And you’re going to be hearing some of our students perform, so it’s a very special event.” Read More at the TheStarNews.Com