Mariachi Festival

Mariachi Festival Sin Fronteras committee member Gil Acuna places the official crown on the head of 2016 Senorita Mariachi Festival Samantha Gutierrez during the festival’s opening night mixer at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center in Calexico on Monday. JULIO MORALES PHOTO

CALEXICO — As much as she likes country, hip-hop and other genres of music, Samantha Gutierrez said she also has a special place in her heart for mariachi music. Combine that appreciation with a fondness for volunteering within her community, and one can easily guess why she would aspire to become the 2016 Senorita Mariachi Festival.

“I am really excited to be a part of it this year,” she said.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at jmorales@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3415.

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