SAN BENITO — Jesus Flores loves to dance.
So when Cristina y Los Latinos broke into a catchy conjunto tune at the 12th annual Resacafest yesterday, he caught his fiancée and they burned up the dance floor — or, rather, the grass.
A warm summer breeze spread across the grounds at W.H. Heavin Memorial Park where festival-goers set up lawn chairs in front of the stage. Nearby, vendors sold kettle corn, funnel cakes and lemonade. A boy walked by quenching his thirst with a blue raspa.
What better way to celebrate the holiday weekend?
The event, less than an hour into it, was already going well, said Art Garza, director of operations for the City of San Benito.
“We opened the gates at 4 o’clock and it’s barely going to be 5,” he said, looking at the growing number of people filling the grounds,” he said.
“We have a good lineup of musicians coming in,” he said. “We hold this event every year to celebrate the spirit of America. It’s free for everyone. We expect to have thousands of people.”
Musical acts scheduled to perform throughout the evening included Drew and the Dancehall Dreamers, Eppi Martinez and Friends, and Los Desperadoz. The headliner, Albert Zamora, would perform at 9:30 p.m. The San Benito Spectacular Fireworks Show would take place at 10:30 p.m.
“We have free music, kiddie carnival rides, just trying to get the community to come out,” he said.
And come out they did.
“The music is really cool and later they’re going to have Albert Zamora,” said Lesly Garza, 25, who traveled with her family from Brownsville to enjoy the festivities.
They’d come initially in support of some friends who were operating a food vendor, but it’s the first time they’ve ever attended Resacafest and they were pleasantly surprised.
“We’re used to Sombrero Fest and San Benito is completely different,” she said as she stroked her son’s hair as he sat in a stroller.
“Everyone’s coming from other towns,” she said.
Flores, 58, had traveled from Harlingen for the event.
“We’re looking forward to being entertained,” he said. “Whatever they’ve got going, it’s entertaining.”
Soon the music started and he and his fiancée danced in perfect rhythm to the song, spinning, twirling, caught up in the moment. At one point, the wind blew his fiancé’s straw hat off, but they were not deterred. They kept dancing until they were ready for a break, and then she retrieved her hat.