Ontario goes global with village festival

Erika Garcia leads a performance by the Caldwell-based Danza Azteca Tonatiuh. “Everything we do, everything we’re wearing, has a meaning,” Garcia told the crowd Saturday. “For Aztecs, this is a form of prayer.” (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO – Killarney potatoes beckoned visitors to the Irish tent at the 19th annual Global Village Festival Saturday at Lions Park.

Meanwhile in the Indian tent, visitors crowded around to hear about the sacred status of cows in the Hindu religion.

On the performance stage, Erika Garcia, a dancer with the Danza Azteca Tonatiuh, reminded spectators that what they were watching – from the feathered headdresses to the conch shell trumpet she blew at the end of the performance – had a special meaning to the Aztecs. 

Held the first Saturday in June each year, the festival was founded as a . . .