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Tatum Ortega Vestal (left) won the Junior title, while Erika Martin del Campo, age 20, was crowned Spirit of Fiesta.

Paul Wellman

Tatum Ortega Vestal (left) won the Junior title, while Erika Martin del Campo, age 20, was crowned Spirit of Fiesta.


The Spirits of Fiesta


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.

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