Spice things up during a day of free family fun celebrating Latin culture during the 13th Annual Fall Fiesta on the campus of Volunteer State Community College on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free.

There’s a wide array of activities on tap, and new this year, the event serves up free lunch featuring Chile Colorado, carnitas and chicken. Sol Azteca will perform Mariachi music during lunch.

In addition, Nashville band Revolfusion will perform Latin dance music to accompany traditional Latin dancers. Attendees can compete in a soccer goal kicking contest with age categories ranging from kids to adults, and there will also be other games and face painting for kids.

A food cook-off contest features dishes from many different Latino nations, and after the judging wraps up, your family can sample the goods!

Also new this year is a mask-making contest that’s open to all ages.

“We like to have activities that give a sense of Latino history. Mask making is an important tradition in many Latino nations including Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico, to name just a few,” says Eric Melcher, coordinator of public relations and marketing with Volunteer State Community College. “We’ll provide the paper masks and people can decorate them in whatever style they like. It’s not a formal contest. We’ll have some small prizes for the stand-outs. It should be fun for the whole family,” he adds.

Volunteer State Community College is located at 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin. The Fall Fiesta takes place rain or shine (rain location is in the Pickel Field House).

For more info (in English or Spanish), call 615-230-4846, visit volstate.edu or e-mail Melcher at eric.melcher@volstate.edu.