WESTMORLAND — The Westmorland Chamber of Commerce hosted the 12th annual Honey Festival at Citizens Park, Saturday morning, an all-day event packed full of activities for people of all ages, as well as local vendors and program booths from different organizations throughout the Valley.
“It really is good for the community. It brings more and more people back, it’s almost like a class reunion,” said long-time Westmorland resident, Gerrardo Cazares.
The day began with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Westmorland Lions’ Club, followed by a parade then performances on the main stage in the park. Performances by local dance programs such as the F.O.E., an after-school Folklorico dance team, and Zumba Lady dancers served family entertainment along with local boxing programs putting on a more competitive form of entertainment.
Throughout the years, the Honey Festival has become well-known for its competitive sparring bouts as most boxing gyms from the Imperial Valley show up to put on free sparring for the public.
“Westmorland B.A.D. BOXING, through the Westmoreland Parks and Recreation Department would like to give a special thanks to Sally Traylor and chief Fred Beltran for helping us keep the gym doors open after WESTMORLAND PAL was disolved,” said Luis Aguilar, a volunteer at the Westmorland boxing gym and an officer for Westmorland Police Department.
“We now have approx 15 kids ranging from 6-17 yrs old,” Aguilar added.