Cecil Park was a popular place in Delano on Sunday afternoon as families gathered for the Central Valley Farmworkers Foundation’s second annual Dia de la Familia.
It was there they enjoyed music, activities, and food in celebration of the work they’ve done throughout the year.
“It’s just a one day celebration with family, off work, music, food, events for the kids. It’s a way of giving back to them and having a little bit of a good time on a Sunday. You know, when we spend countless days out in the fields doing very hard work,” said Luis.
Along with the families, over 70 vendors were on hand willing to help them in any way they can.
“Social services here, we have high-ed institutions, we have school districts, we have health clinics, health care systems. Anything that would help farm workers and their families, we would want them to be here,” said Hernan Hernandez of CVFF.
Officials seeking office were also present. For Luis, this event was a way to let those officials know of the community's needs.
“There’s a lack of interaction between the public service and the farm workers, the actual community. So I think that’s one of our main intentions this year,” said Hernandez.
To let them know the farm workers are a voice that want to be heard.
“We are the numbers in this community. So I think it is really important to send the message out and as you can see here, they are showing up,” said Luis. “They understand that we are relative to the community. We are the numbers and if they talk to us they can get us closer.”
Closer to a better life for farm workers and their families, and that was what today’s event was all about.