BOISE -- Friday kicked off Idaho's Hispanic Heritage Month at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

Hispanics are the largest minority group in the state, and census data shows the Hispanic population in Idaho is growing faster than the general population.

A proclamation from Governor Otters marks September 15th through October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month in Idaho. Organizers say it is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the role of Hispanics and Hispanic culture in Idaho.

The kick off Friday showcased part of that with traditional music and performances from the Hispanic Folkloric Dancers of Idaho.

Margie Gonzalez with the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs told KTVB the Hispanic population brings a lot of diversity to Idaho with food, music, entertainment, and culture.

We have a number of events throughout the state that will be taking place, highlighting our culture, said Gonzalez. And I just think it's an opportunity for us to embrace the Hispanic culture and show how much we're contributing to the state.

At the event, organizers also read a letter from Senator Crapo, honored local media, and awarded Hispanic humanitarians and community leaders.

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