Cinco de Mayo Celebration Set For May 2 At Activity Center
“This is a fun family event that the whole community can enjoy,” said
Dean Aragon, the chair of Liberal’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration committee,
which is sponsored by the Liberal Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have
always viewed it as being more than a Hispanic event. It’s a great way
to bring everyone together and just have fun. So please plan to join us
on Sunday, May 2.”
The event will kick off with a downtown Liberal parade at 1:30 p.m. and
a full schedule of activities and booths at the activity center from
2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. “We’ve got great entertainment and we also have some
special activities and games to keep the kids involved,” Aragon said.
Seven young women are vying for Cinco de Mayo Queen, including Erika
Pacheco, Veronica Baray, Brianna Lucero, Gaby Marquez, Eliza Pacheco,
Ariana Paral and Yasel Manriquez. The queen candidates are selling
raffle tickets that include a big-screen television, Wii system and gift
certificates and the one who raises the most scholarship money
The Cinco De Mayo Parade will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, from
Light Park and proceed down Kansas Avenue to the Depot. Line up will be
at 12:30 p.m. Parade entries are free and businesses, schools, churches,
unique vehicles, non-profits and civic organizations are invited to
enter their floats or vehicles. Julio Jimenez is the parade chair and
may be contacted at 391-3232. Parade entry forms are also available at
the Chamber office.
“National Beef will be giving away 200 one-pound packages of meat during
the parade. We’ll be handing out tickets that people can bring to the
National Beef booth at the activity center and get a frozen pound of
hamburger,” he said.
There will be cash prizes for the parade winners. First place will win
$200, second will take home $100 and third will receive $50. Winners
will be announced at the Seward County Activity Center.
The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Seward County Activity
Center. Featured musical entertainment will include Mariachi Real del
Oro from Denver and Manuel Hernandez. There will also be an exhibit of
Zumba Dancing and then live music for a popular dance.
Another new addition to the entertainment will be a trampoline bungee
Anyone interested in entering their home-made salsa in the Salsa Contest
need to bring a quart of it to the festivities. First prize is $100,
second prize is $75 and third is $50.
For those who have the stomach for it, there is the Jalapeno Eating
Contest, with first place $100, second place $75 and third place $50.
The Cinco de Mayo Committee gave out $3,900 in scholarships in 13
scholarships on Monday, April 19, at the Liberal High School Academic
Awards Banquet. Receiving the scholarships were Blake Abbott, Teresa
Dinh, John Frazier, Cesar Garcia, Emily Jackson, Maggie Maier, Bryan
Murillo, Morgan Riggs, Valerie Rito, Brooke Scheurman, Megan Scheurer,
Adiran Vazquez and Lydia Young. This year’s Queen candidates will also
For more information about Cinco de Mayo sponsorships and activities,
contact Dean Aragon, 655-7149