Diez y Seis festival Sept. 11 and 12


Snyder’s first full-scale community-wide event since quarantine and social distancing were implemented in March will be Diez y Seis de Septiembre.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre, or September 16, is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day, on which Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla sparked the beginning of Mexico’s battle for independence from Spain.

“We usually do Cinco de Mayo out there, but we couldn’t so we’re doing Diez y Seis,” said event organizer Luis Alaniz. “It’s the real Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is when they beat the French.”

There will be activities in North Park on Sept. 11 and 12. 

On Sept. 11, there will be a DJ in the park from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to entertain vendors setting up their booths. 

On Sept. 12, there will be a full day of activities with a parade of horses, a washer pitching tournament, a corn hole tournament, food vendors and live music and performances such as dancing horses and Folklorico de Guadalupe dancers. The final schedule will be announced closer to the event.

Alaniz said that he expects this year’s event to be one of the largest because it will be the first community-wide event in several months.

“We’re shooting for at least 2,018 for washers and 4,015 for corn hole,” he said. “We’re going to have a big turnout.”

Registration for the washer pitching tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and the tournament itself will begin at 10 a.m. 

Signups for the corn hole tournament will be at 2 p.m. and the tournament will begin at 3 p.m. 

To register for the washer pitching tournament contact Manuel Rios at 436-9908 and to register for the corn hole tournament contact Alaniz at 574-0218.