Each year, dozens of young ladies compete for the honor of being the Junior Spirit and Spirit of Old Spanish Days. This year, 10-year-old Tatum Ortega Vestal (left) won the Junior title, while Erika Martin del Campo, age 20, was crowned Spirit of Fiesta. Del Campo, who is a National Honors Society member and student at Claremont McKenna College in Pomona, said that as Spirit, she hopes to “accentuate her community’s diverse cultures, traditions, and heritage.” Vestal, a 5th grader at Marymount School, is happy to be Junior Spirit so she can “share her passion for dance with the community.”
2011 SPIRIT AUDITIONS: If you’re interested in being a Spirit of Fiesta next year, pre-auditions for 2011 Junior Spirit and Spirits take place this Sunday, August 8, at La Cumbre Junior High School Auditorium (2255 Modoc Rd.). Auditions: Junior Spirit (must be 9-11 by April 2011), 10-11:30 a.m.; Spirits (must be 16-20 by April 2011), 12-1:30 p.m. Come in costume. For info and application forms, visit oldspanishdays-fiesta.org or call 962-8101.