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Ashland and Guanajuato keeping Sister City relationship alive through future generations

There was a welcome to Ashland luncheon at Louie's in Ashland, Oregon, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016. (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

ASHLAND, Ore.-- It has been almost a half of a century since the Sister City relationship was born between Ashland and Guanajuato, Mexico.

Ashland residents said it is all about engaging younger children in this part of the city's history. They said by learning and building relationships, the future generations will be able to keep this part of history alive. That is why 10 baseball players under 14 here are in Ashland.

It is all part of the second annual Sister City Classic cultural exchange program. Ashland's Youth Leage will be competing with Los Tigres baseball team four times over the next several days. The Sister City Classic comes from the 47 years of cultural and people-to-people exchanges between Ashland and Guanajuato.

"I like it because it shows that a lot of different cities can be together," one Ashland player said. "Like America and Mexico--it shows we're a big country and we're all still together."

While the team is here, in addition to playing baseball, they will also be exploring and learning about southern Oregon.

Ashland's ties to Guanajuato date back to the late 1960s when a Southern Oregon University professor rented a bus and took some students to Mexico over Christmas vacation.

After building relationships, the Amigo Club was born, and pushed for Sister City affiliation. The Amigo Club has been the key support group that has kept alive Ashland's enthusiasm for the Sister City relationship.

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