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South Main Mercado highlights Latino culture and entrepreneurial spirit

Courtesy of South Main Mercado

South Main Mercado in Rockford is expanding this year.

This year’s festivities will take place on South Main Street between Cedar and Morgan Streets.

“The idea," said Cat Valdez Doyle, the organizing committee chair for the event, "is to have a space, a market to celebrate Latino culture and music, food, family coming together, which is so much of what our identity is.”

She added that the celebration also highlights the entrepreneurial spirit and economic buying power of the Latino community.

South Main Mercado is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, from noon to 7 p.m. and includes live bands, vendors, food trucks and a family fun zone.

A Chicago native, Maria earned a Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield . Maria is a 2022-2023 corps member for Report for America. RFA is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit journalism organization. Un residente nativo de Chicago, Maria se graduó de University of Illinois Springfield con una licenciatura superior en periodismo de gobierno.