WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–A longtime resident of West Liberty, J. J. Garcia often thought a citywide fiesta would offer an opportunity for celebrating many residents’ Latino heritage and for bringing the community together. “It’s been something we’ve been talking about for some time,” he observed. Garcia began talking with the Muscatine County Fairground and the West Liberty Chamber of Commerce in 2020 about holding an event, but all involved agreed that they should wait at least a year to start the event.
With the COVID-19 pandemic more under control that last year, Garcia and other organizers knew the time had come to debut their event. August 7, from 5 p. m. to midnight, Garcia, the Chamber, and the Fairgrounds invite the community to come together for the first ever West Liberty Fiesta, which they hope to make into an annual event filled with music, dancing, food, and fun.
For this first Fiesta, Garcia said organizers focused on bringing in live music acts. With the help of Isrrael Guerrero, they secured four acts, including headlining band Alacranes Musical as well as La Nueva Lokera, Love Secreto, and Grupo Ritual. Alongside these main attractions, the Fiesta will also include local food vendors and drinks sold by the Muscatine County Fair. Because the bands will play in the grandstand, anyone who would like to dance may do so on the track.
In future years, Garcia hopes to add additional attractions as well. “The goal for the future is to have all day activities going on at the Grove,” he explained. “The goal is to go bigger and better in future years and to make this an annual event.” Additional activities could include more and bigger name bands as well as events designed specifically for children and families.
Though the Fiesta will not take place for several weeks, Garcia highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance, both to save money and to help organizers plan for the right number of people and have enough food on hand foe everyone. Anyone interested can buy them for only $35 before July 1 at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, MidWestOne Bank, West Liberty State Bank, or online at the West Liberty Fiesta Facebook event page. After July 1, ticket prices will go up to $45 a piece.
Additionally, Garcia welcomes interested food vendors to come and sell food at the West Liberty Fiesta. Any food seller wanting to know more should contact the Muscatine County Fair or West Liberty Chamber of Commerce.
As planning for the first West Liberty Fiesta continues, Garcia looks forward to this long anticipated new event. “For me, it’s something that’s long overdue and everyone is very excited,” he shared. “This is something great the city needs.” He would also like to thank the Fiesta’s sponsors, All-American Concrete, Liberty Communications, Martin Agency Insurance Services, MidWestOne Bank, West Liberty Foods, and West Liberty State Bank for helping to make it possible.