Nancy Delgago twirls her skirt during a Folklorico dance performance at the 2006 Cinco de Mayo celebration. This year's event runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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Nancy Delgago twirls her skirt during a Folklorico dance performance at the 2006 Cinco de Mayo celebration. This year's event runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Finding common ground

Cinco de Mayo festival to host dance contest, talent show Saturday at fairgrounds

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— A talent show, a Mariachi band and area vendors selling authentic Mexican foods.

These attractions and more will be featured at the Cinco de Mayo celebration, which goes from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Still, entertainment isn't the sole motivation behind the festival, said Summer Laws, Integrated Community executive director.

"It's really just a chance to get everyone together," she said. "In this day and age, that doesn't happen all the time anymore."

Cinco de Mayo celebrates a historical event significant to Mexican and United States histories.

The holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla, which took place May 5, 1862, in Mexico. During the clash, a Mexican army overcame French forces lead by Napoleon Bonaparte.

"It was a key point in history and a pretty amazing feat," Laws said, adding that if French forces had won the battle, they may have later invaded the U.S.

Integrated Community is sponsoring the festival in the spirit of the event, Laws said, providing activities that people from various cultures will enjoy.

Mexican foods, including tacos, enchiladas and tamales, will be on hand during the festival. Area churches also will provide desserts, Laws said, while hot chocolate and cappuccinos will be available if the weather is cold.

The event is slated to take place under the Fairgrounds' picnic shelter.

"If it's really bad weather, we're going to be in the Pavilion," she said.

Several events are scheduled throughout the day.

A talent show is scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by a musical performance by a Mariachi band at 2 p.m. A dance contest will take place at 3 p.m.

The latter contest will feature Duranguense music, a traditional Mexican country genre, and Reggaeton, which is popular with younger people, Laws said.

Demonstrations of traditional games and crafts also will be available in honor of Craig's Centennial.

The activities are free of charge.

Area sponsorships fund the event, Laws said, adding that any additional proceeds go to Integrated Community programs.

Although the organization has sponsorships in place, it will need more money to put on the event.

"Just the Mariachis cost us $1,500," she said.

Laws couldn't estimate how much more money was needed to host this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Still, Laws believes the event is worth the expense.

"We're really looking at it as a way for people to find common ground," she said.

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