Cardenas Festival

This is a panoramic view of performers and the crowd at the 2018 Cardenas Festival at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.  (Contributed photo by Cardenas Markets)

Thousands of people attended the annual Cardenas Festival at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Oct. 21, enjoying lots of music, food, and activities.

"Twelve years ago we started this festival, and today, it's just as big as ever," said Marco Robles, the spokesperson for Cardenas Markets, which sponsored the event.

The crowd cheered for the headlining entertainment provided by accordion expert Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte. Also performing were Joss Favela and La Septima Banda.

Robles said that Cardenas Markets have always helped the local community with hunger relief, education, health services, and other charitable causes.

"Today, we're focused specifically on Dreamers, and we hope to raise $20,000 for scholarships. We're very excited about that," he said.

Robles presented scholarships to three students to help them with their college costs, and the students said they were very appreciative.

"The Cardenas Festival is amazing. It's a great fundraiser for our Dreamers," said one of the recipients, Marisol Guzman, who is attending Cal State San Bernardino.

Gema Mendez, who is going to the University of La Verne, said she also loved the festival.

"It brings together everyone in the community, and it's a great way to support our community and to advocate for Dreamers," she said. "It's great that we're all helping each other and working as a family."

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