Monday, August 30, 2010

Mexican Fiesta 2010 Had At Least 80,000 in Attendance, A Record In Milwaukee

Two Milwaukee officers reported injured while trying to stop a fight

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 30, 2010

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Sunday, Mexican Fiesta organizers before 8:00 p.m.estimated the three day festival attendance could reach more than 80,000 by midnight. The main attraction was Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizarraga who played at the Miller Stage. The area was packed, but people attending soon became disappointed that the sound system was so low you couldn't even make it out in the far East of the area or sides. The music from the Harley-Davidson spilled over from the South end to the Miller Stage area that's how low the equipment sounded. The El Rey and Harley-Davidson stages sounded the best for the three days, sound technicians had the music blasting and the way it should sound to get people motivated and dancing, just like Summerfest. One thing about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, especially with Tejano roots that everyone should know, they love to dance and need space!
J.B and the Barron band from Dallas, Texas was a big hit, along with Lobo IV and others.
Around the festival, police had an altercation just outside the gates when two alleged rival gangs began fighting and decided to kick-off a police officer from his/her horse around 7:00 p.m., according to witnesses. Police and security were able to take control of the area. No official report has been released concerning the incident or how many people were actually arrested and for what offense.
After 10:30 p.m., police and security could be seen escorting at least 8 men to a secure area for processing. All of the men were handcuffed. The men were involved in a fight inside Mexican Fiesta where two police officers were reported injured while trying to stop the altercation. Most of the men were cited for disorderly conduct and released. A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with battery to an officer in connection with the incident. One officer was punched in the face and another might have suffered a broken or fractured finger. The officers were hospitalized for the minor injuries and later released.
People along the area cheered police and security for ejecting the trouble makers from the fest area. Another busy day for Mexican Fiesta security and police did a good job in keeping the thousands of people safe.
This will probably be a successful year for Mexican Fiesta and organizers from the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation (WHSF) who say, most of the profits go for scholarships. 
Since WHSF took over the festival in 1987, they have given out more than $800,000 in scholarships to students to help pay for college tuition.
No information has been provided by WHSF to confirm, if undocumented students qualify to receive scholarships as well. Another question festivalgoers were asking, why the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn't have a booth at Mexican Fiesta to recruit for job openings and to provide information about citizenship and other related topics affecting the Latino community.

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