The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce advertised
the 2012 HWOA Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration as "a community event, free to the public, with live music, traditional folk dance performances from different countries, food, vendors, children’s activities and exhibits." And, it was most certainly "a family oriented festival."
People young and old enjoyed the fifth of May celebration at The Harvey and Bernice Jones Center for Families, commonly called The Jones Center
, in Springdale, AR.
According to the History Channel
, Cinco de Mayo "commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations."
In Northwest Arkansas, it is the Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas
(HWOA) that hosts the annual festival. The banner at the HWOA Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration read: "Celebrating Education, Culture & Community. Celebrando Educacion, Cultura & Comunidad."
Numerous tents were set-up on the lawn of the Jones Center and its parking lot was busy. One of the things that the children seemed to enjoy the most was face painting.
Excellent Mexican food was prepared and sold at a number of the tents.
Music and dancing were popular at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Proceeds from the celebration benefit the HWOA Scholarship Fund