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West Liberty Celebrates Heritage

What started out as a holiday puppet show has now turned into a celebration of heritage.

One uniquely populated town is getting an education in traditions from far away, but as CBS 2 News reporter Marcy Jones shows us, it hits close to home for many.

At The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, a place where paper comes to life, it's hard to believe anything could be considered out of the ordinary

But that's exactly what the small community of West Liberty is Iowa's first "Minority Majority" town, with a Latino population of more than 50% percent.

The theatres Cara McFarren, a third generation Iowan with Mexican roots, says the incorporation of different cultures into their shows has been welcomed warmly by the community, "I think they're tickled and impressed that we're bringing programming to what was a predominately English speaking area to emphasize Latino American characters, culture, and events"

Members of The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre engage locals with tales of South of the Border traditions like "Dia de Los Muertosbringing characters and customs to life that arent only lovable, but educational as well."

In her recent travels to Mexico, Monica Leo, owner of the Puppet Theatre noticed cultural bending there too, saying they were doing all of the things we associate with day of the dead but there were also little kids running around with plastic pumpkins hitting people up for candy and I thought Uh oh! Halloween has moved south, just like Day of the Dead has moved north!Proving small town productions can have a big impact

The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre is holding a Halloween-meets-Day of the Dead performance tonight, at 7:00pm.

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