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Cinco de Mayo wouldn’t be complete without some piñatas, and kids of all ages had a chance to take a whack at the colorful, candy-filled object at the annual festival Saturday, May 8. See inside this week’s Enterprise for more coverage of this year’s cultural celebration.  
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Hundreds celebrated Mexican culture and heritage Saturday, May 8 at the 10th annual Cinco de Mayo festival held at the Phillips County Event Center.

“It was one of the biggest events we’ve had in the last 10 years,” said Jessie Ruiz, one of the event organizers who collaborated with the NJC LEARN group and individuals from other area towns to make this festival bigger and better than ever.

Over 600 people attended the morning and afternoon activities while the evening dance drew crowds of almost 900.

Cinco de Mayo activities included a salsa contest, kids games, piñatas, a talent show, a bubble gum blowing contest, a dance and a jalapeño eating contest.Event-goers also enjoyed a meal catered by Jorge Chanon from Yuma.

The Cinco de Mayo holiday, which celebrates Mexican culture, originally commemorated the unlikely victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.