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Aera in the Community Nov 11, 2021

Lamont and Weedpatch families celebrate a bilingual Halloween

The Lamont Weedpatch Fall Harvest Festival returns following two years of cancellations.

Rudy Galvan, a lead production operator at Aera’s Midway Sunset field and member of the Aera Latino Employee Network, greets and gives candy to a family at the Lamont Weedpatch Fall Harvest Drive-Through Festival.

Rudy Galvan, a lead production operator at Aera’s Midway Sunset field and member of the Aera Latino Employee Network, greets and gives candy to a family at the Lamont Weedpatch Fall Harvest Drive-Through Festival.

When about 1,700 local families arrived at the Lamont Weedpatch Fall Harvest Drive-Through Festival after back-to-back cancellations the last two years, local organizations and companies were on hand to welcome them back with sweet treats and greetings in both English and Spanish.

Coordinators say with a high percentage of Spanish-speaking only families expected to attend, they asked exhibitors to present information in both English and Spanish. Members of the Aera Latino Employee Network (ALEN), some of whom have family and friends that live in the Lamont Weedpatch area, handed out candy, information about the industry, and greeted families in Spanish.

“It’s important for our families, most of which only speak Spanish, to have a safe, and welcoming place to celebrate Halloween with their families,” said Aracely Ramirez, family advocate for the Lamont School District. “Even though the event was held as a drive-through event due to COVID-19, we hope this brought some fun and a sense of normalcy to our families who have been struggling to deal with the pandemic over the past year and a half.”

The Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce, where Aera is an active member, and Lamont School District have hosted the Fall Harvest Festival for more than 18 years, but the event was cancelled in 2019 due to weather, and again in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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