Held at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center September 12-14
Inclement weather on Friday cancelled that day’s events but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of those who showed up in droves on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy Round Lake Area’s Mex Fiestas at the Cultural Center. On tap for Friday night was the Coronation of the Queen and Princesses but that got delayed until Saturday. During my visit to the Mex Fiesta on Sunday I met Princess Cristina Paz who was about to indulge in a plate of delicious looking Mexican food. Cristina was runner up in the Mex Fiesta Queen contest held on Saturday. Congratulations, Cristina!
Speaking of food, there was plenty of it on hand for those who were hungry. I also met and had a nice visit with the owner of La Luz Bakery in downtown Round Lake. He talked about his struggles in making a living in Chicago before deciding to move his business to Round Lake and eventually opening a second location on Lake Street in Mundelein.
Another name that I recognized while I was walking around the event was Tonancy’s Hair & Beauty Salon which recently held their Grand Opening at their Hainesville Road and Shorewood location in Round Lake Beach. They sure had a busy booth as they appeared to be raffling off a lot of hair care products as well as doing eye shadowing, etc. Co-owners Cristina Meneses and Elena Almaguer and their staff had also prepared a number of beautiful models who were in the Sunday morning parade down Cedar Lake Road.
I’ve also shared pictures here of Avon Dental on Rollins Road as I watched them transform a tax service office into their dental office. It was my pleasure to finally meet the owners, Dr. Siddharth Bansal and Dr. Sumedha Mohindra at their booth.
Since the Sunday festivities were not using the Cultural Center’s main stage, which allows for a lot of lawn seating up on the sloping grass, participants did the next best thing and took most of the folding chairs and several tables out from under the two big tents and set them up in a half-circle. Doing so allowed more people to watch the entertainers on stage as well as kids and couples dancing in front of the bands. It reminded me of the fellowship you share while sitting around a big campfire enjoying conversation with friends and family. I can’t recall ever seeing that being done before at the Center but what a great idea!
I met many new friends while at the Mex Fiesta and look forward to covering more stories about our local Mexican businesses and their family events. It’s also enlightening to learn more about the different cultures that make up the Round Lake Area and how each and every one of us adds something of value to our area. Like I was telling La Luz Bakery owner, Esteban Montesdeoca, when my Mom used to live here she always went to the Mexican food store in downtown Round Lake for the best, freshly cut meats even though she couldn’t read the Spanish labels. When I take her shopping in the Zion/Waukegan areas she often mentions how she misses the great meat products from our local Mexican grocery store. I enjoyed my hour or so at the Fiesta and kept searching for the Queen and other Princess without success. I’ve included the video of Sunday’s parade below, as well as a 15 minute video of my walk around the Mex Fiesta on Sunday which included a set from the band that was playing mid-afternoon. Enjoy!
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