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Annual Mariachi Festival at Patagonia Lake State Park on May 18

(Phoenix, Arizona - April 22, 2013) - Spice up your spring with a visit to Patagonia Lake State Park's Boulder Beach on Saturday, May 18, 2013 for the Annual Mariachi Festival (see full lineup below).

The day's activities will include a wide variety of Southern Arizona Mariachi bands and dancers on stage. There will also be Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn and shaved ice. Visitors may also bring their own picnic basket and there will be a piñata for the kids! Don't forget to bring: plenty of water, lawn chair, sunscreen and hat. In addition, Patagonia Lake offers fishing, birding, boat tours and nature walks.

10 a.m.: Mariachi Sonido De Mexico (Band)
11 a.m.: Cholla High Magnet School (Band)
Noon: Dance Group Ballet Folklórico Tapatio (Dance Group)
1 p.m.: Mariachi Aztlan, Pueblo High School (Band)
2 p.m.: Nogales High School Apaches (Band)
3 p.m.: Mariachi Alegre (Band)

Patagonia Lake State Park will provide overflow parking with shuttle service. Visitors should arrive early for best parking. The fee to enter Patagonia Lake State Park is $15 for up to four adults, and walk-ins will pay just $3. The Park Entrance Station opens at 7 a.m.

For more information contact Patagonia Lake State Park at (520) 287-6965. The primitive camping sites are available for $17, and sites with electric hookups are available for $25. Make plans to head south for the sounds of traditional and modern Mexican Mariachi Band music. The park is located 7 miles past the town of Patagonia; take I-10 East to Hwy 83 South to Hwy 82.

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