Courthouse lawn site of ‘Cinco’ party

The Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. The day will feature food, arts and crafts, entertainment and Folklorico dancers to be featured throughout the day. The Little Mr. and Miss Cinco de Mayo contest will begin promptly at 3 p.m., featuring mcCulloch County children in traditional Cinco de Mayo costumes. Applications are available at the Chamber office located at 101 East First Street. Applictions will also be sent home with school children in Brady, Lohn and Rochelle. Entry fee for the pageant is $5 per child and the contest is limited to residents of McCulloch County. The deadline to enter is Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m. Two age groups will be represented in the pageant, 4-6 and 7-10, and the judges’ decision will be final. At 2 p.m., Chamber directors will take judges on a tour in search of the best salsa in town. “If you think you make the best salsa or know someone who does, enter the contest,” said Chamber EVP DeLaine Poe. Divided into two separate categories, individual and business, a grand prize of $50 will be awarded to each first place winner. Deadline for entry to the salsa contest is May 4 at 5 p.m. Samples of the salsa should be brought to the salsa contest judging area no later than 1:30 p.m. on May 5. Special entertainment throughout the day will be provided by El Folklorico de Estrellas, a dance school in Fort Worth that features children in traditional costumes. They will perform for the public at 1 p.m. and during the Little Mr. and Miss Cinco de Mayo contest. “These children range from six to 12 and will delight you with their outstanding performances during the day,” said Mrs. Poe. Los Tejanos will perform under the pavilion at the G. Rollie White Complex from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $7 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office or by calling (915) 597-3491.

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