Visitors to the Lorain County Fair got a taste of Incan culture this year via Jaime Chavez and his clothing business from Canton.
Chavez, a native of the Andes mountain village of Aguaglongo, Ecuador, came to Ohio in 1996 through the First Congressional Church of Akron’s outreach program. It brought him and other natives of his village to the area to further their education. Chavez is now a full-time vendor and professional musician.
“It was rainy and busy and hot this week,” said Chavez on his first year of business at the fair. “I have native-style clothing from South America. I travel to Native American events and pow-wows all over the country.”
He referred to the upcoming Great Mohican Pow-Wow, which will be held the weekend of Sept. 16 at Mohican State Park in Loudonville.
“It’s a really big event,” he said. “It’s held twice a year and is a great chance to come together and experience something new.”
Chavez also had handmade quilts, jewelry, and T-shirts available at his stand. He said he plans on coming back for next year’s fair.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media Jaime Chavez came to Ohio in 1996 from Ecuador. He is now a full-time vendor, professional musician, and attends Native American events all over the country.