The first Santa Barbara County Cooperatives Festival was held this month in Lompoc, and organizers say the event was a spectacular success.
About 400 people attended the festival, which took place at the Northside Shopping Center on Nov. 8. The event, which was presented by eight local cooperatives, was vibrant with dance performances of varying flavors and joyous live music.
Raquel Gonzalez, president of Lompoc Cooperative Development Project Inc., said that many community partners are to thank for the event’s success. Among them are sponsors In-Shape Health Clubs and Fund for Santa Barbara, the host Northside Shopping Center and Blanca Figueroa, who served as the event’s emcee.
Also contributing were: the DelaPalma family with its bounce house; Garcia Dance Studio; Danza Azteca Xochitl; Grupo Folklorico el Sabor de Mexico; Calah & Sergio and Bing Aradanas, who performed; Apostolic Assembly Church; Food Bank of Santa Barbara County; Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access; Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center; LUSD Dual Immersion Magnet Program; Nuestra Gente Pageants; Santa Barbara County Migrant Education Program; League of United Latin American Citizens; Lideres Campesinas; Santa Barbara County Action Network; Promotores de Salud; Lompoc G.I. Forum and G.I. Forum Youth; Santa Barbara Society of Friends; and Rosalba Bello, beauty consultant.