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Hot Pepper Festival draws large crowd to downtown Jonesboro

 JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The annual Hot Pepper Festival attracted a large crowd to downtown Jonesboro, Saturday.

The Hispanic Community Center hosted a day of event to promote health and fitness in the community. The festival was free to the public and is a celebration of the Hispanic culture. 

"The festival just keeps growing every year just like the Hispanic community keeps growing, we have more people attending so that's wonderful," said Executive Director of Hispanic Community Services, Gina Gomez. 

This year the festival will have a 5K/10K run through downtown Jonesboro. The event will also include food, music, arts and crafts and a petting zoo. The center usually hosts a festival in May but this year they had to postpone to August.

"The funds raised today will go towards the operation of the Hispanic center as well as scholarships for Hispanic students at Arkansas State University. 

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for HCSI. Gomez said the festival helps integrate the community. 

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