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RiverEdge to host Aurora Puerto Rican fest despite initial cost concerns

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The 42nd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival is scheduled for July 27 and 28 at RiverEdge Park, despite initial concerns organizers could not afford to hold the festival at the city's newest outdoor venue.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Organizers of Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Mexican independence hosted by the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, say they are 90 percent sure this year's event can be held at the new RiverEdge Park along the Fox River.

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The new John C. Dunham pavilion at RiverEdge Park in Aurora will play host to the 42nd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival, despite initial concerns organizers could not afford to rent the new park for their event.

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RiverEdge Park will be the site for the 42nd Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival this July, despite initial concerns about the high cost of using the new venue. Organizers began looking for other locations when they were told it would cost $26,500 to rent the park for two days, but they credit the city, the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and the Aurora Civic Center Authority with helping them make ends meet.
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    • The 42nd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival is scheduled for July 27 and 28 at RiverEdge Park, despite initial concerns organizers could not afford to hold the festival at the city's newest outdoor venue.
    • Organizers of Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Mexican independence hosted by the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, say they are 90 percent sure this year’s event can be held at the new RiverEdge Park along the Fox River.
    • The new John C. Dunham pavilion at RiverEdge Park in Aurora will play host to the 42nd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival, despite initial concerns organizers could not afford to rent the new park for their event.
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