Salsa Fest brings the heat in annual get together

Live music, dancing, and salsa poured out of Burlington Northern Park over the weekend.

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Kathy Dickey, left, and Miriam Miller hook arms in a dance with Sylvia Luetmer ready to step in the action along with many others who danced the afternoon away at the Salsa Fest on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Wadena.<br/>
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WADENA — A warm, late summer afternoon greeted guests to the annual Salsa Fest in Burlington Northern Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The event is meant to bring together people in unity around the simple yet sensational salsa. Add in live music, dancing, food, drink and a sprawling list of vendors and you've got an event that did just that.
Those attending took part in demonstrations put together by the Sustainable Farming Association and were all asked to take part in the salsa and hot sauce competition.

Winners in this year's event included Naima Dhore who took grand champion in the hot sauce and specialty categories.
Andy and Peg Johnson, of Goffs Bay Sauce and Salsa, in McGregor, won the salsa competition with their picante salsa. Over 300 votes were cast in the competition.

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First-generation farmer Naima Dhore, of Alexandria, took grand champion in both the hot sauce and specialty categories at the Salsa Fest competition in Wadena.
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Andy and Peg Johnson, of McGregor, took home the grand champion award for their salsa Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Salsa Fest in Wadena.
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Salsa Fest would not be complete without an ice cream cone shared by members of the Sustainable Farming Association.
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Attendees are encouraged to taste test hot sauce, salsa and specialty blends at Salsa Fest.
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