Lalo Alcaraz grew up wanting to draw cartoons. For the past 20 years, he's been living his dream -- but it's come with a lot of hard work.

"It's every cartoonist's dream to have a daily comic strip and be syndicated," he says. "It seemed impossible, but now I have some of that and it keeps me busy all the time."

Alcaraz will be the special guest at the Tierra del Soul Fiestas de Chile y Arte sponsored by the SouthWest Organizing Project.

The event will feature a green chile stew cook-off, along with a celebration of local farmers.

It also will have food trucks, live music, artists booths, a car show and a children's area.

Alcaraz will have a booth where he will draw and sign some of his work.

He is a Los Angeles-based author, cartoonist, and satirist and has a long history of work that is relevant to Latinos, and especially Chicano-Mexicanos in California and throughout the Southwest.

Alcaraz also created the nationally syndicated comic strip "La Cucaracha," and has run his "news and Satire" website pocho.com for many years.

And if he weren't busy enough, he produces editorial cartoons for several national publications and hosts the Friday afternoon drive-time program "Pocho Hour of Power" on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles.

"I'm also working on another history book," he says. "I don't know where I find the time, but it's always good to be busy."

While in New Mexico, Alcaraz will also host a cartooning workshop at 5 today at Warehouse 508, 508 First NW.

"I'll be inviting people to come draw with me and learn about the power of cartooning and culture to create social change," he says. "It's about being able to express ourselves through art. That's what I've done my entire career."

Tierra del Soul Fiestas de Chile y Arte

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

WHERE: Washington Middle School Park, corner of Tenth Street and Park NW

HOW MUCH: Free ___