EL CENTRO — Downtown El Centro showcased its Nights on Main Street festival Saturday providing snacks, refreshments, and entertainment for the public. Patrons roamed between 6th and 7th street enjoying the products and services provided by the local vendors and merchants that lined the sidewalks.
Arts and crafts, live music, and handmade goods created an opportune environment for the people out enjoying the cooler autumn weather.
“We’re here doing live sketches and face painting for everyone to observe and enjoy,” said Cassandra Ruiz of Imperial who was there with her team of artists to display their mixed media portraits.
La Mezcla Collective Band provided the sounds to create a peaceful ambiance that reverberated through the crowd.
“Our idea is to recreate songs we grew up listening to that our parents would play when we were kids,” said bass player Rene Perez of El Centro. “Our band is called La Mezcla because that means mix and that’s what we are, a blend of different genres.”
El Centro natives Chris and Karen Sanchez, representing Early Girl Creations along with administrative assistant Jovanna Vizcarra, promoted their all natural, homemade botanicals.
“All of our products are all natural and scented with essential oils,” explained co-owner Karen Sanchez. “We network with local businesses here in the Valley such as Calexico Brewery; we made a soap out of their beer. The olive oil that we use is actually out of Olive Farms in Westmorland. The loofah that we use as an exfoliator in our soap to remove dead skin cells is actually grown in the Imperial Valley from local gardeners. Another one of our soaps is made from wine brewed locally in Imperial by the Pearson brothers.”
Representatives from Los Valleros clothing company brought a low rider along to highlight their classic Imperial Valley-themed clothing line.
“Our inspiration is to represent and bring back that Imperial Valley pride,” said Leonardo Diaz of Los Valleros clothing company.