Smiles are all over our fairgrounds as we enter the last week of Fair! But, not many people are smiling larger than I am, because Mariachi Vargas is playing tonight! This concert is sure to be the experience of a lifetime, much like our lucky Trace Adkins meet and greet winners who won their Fair highlight. With the odds in their favor, it gave me much joy seeing the two winning contestants for our Trace Adkins Facebook Meet and Greet. When the Bakers found out they were the lucky winners they said, “We couldn’t believe it! We never thought we would win!” The couple was already very excited to see their favorite artist perform, and winning this opportunity was just the cherry on top!
Below you can see their shining smiles as they waited in line for the meet and greet.
Today, July 22, I know exactly how the Bakers felt.
On that day, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will be performing live at the California State Fair’s Golden 1 Stage at 8pm. As I am from Jalisco, the state in Mexico where the mariachi originated from, I know my smile will be as big as the Bakers’ (pictured above) when I see the group perform live. It would be amazing to be able to snag a picture with the Mariachi, but in case I can’t, I know I will always have Photoshop to help me make my memories at the CA State Fair.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is a longstanding Mexican group of five generations! Gaspar Vargas, Manuel Mendoza, Lino Quintero and Refugio Hernández Vargas formed Mariachi Vargas, known today as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, on September 15, 1898 after the municipal president of Tecalitlán granted the approval to hire the group to play at the town’s Fiestas Patrias Celebration.
Through the five generations and their rich history, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has become a representative of Mexico throughout the whole world. The group has completed international tours since 1966 where they have played in Japan, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, the United States and more, as well as appeared in over 200 movies. The mariachi members also have standards to live up to. Besides being excellent performers they must be excellent music readers, project an image of bearing and gallantry, and most importantly, enjoy preforming while also have great chemistry with other members of the group.
I also hope to see the Youth Mariachi Competition earlier that day at the PG&E Center Stage where some of the best mariachi students from all over the state will be competing in the first Youth Mariachi Competition the California State Fair has ever had. This is also the first statewide youth mariachi competition in northern California. These students will showcase their talents, and share with the public the rich tradition of mariachi music; they will also compete for grand cash prizes. I am sure it will be a great honor for the Youth Mariachi Competition Winners to play alongside with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán during their 8:00 p.m. performance. ¡Ay Jalisco, no te rajes!