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article imageThe Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Northwest Arkansas Special

By Kay Mathews     May 6, 2012 in Lifestyle
Springdale - The Cinco de Mayo, fifth of May, festival in Northwest Arkansas celebrated education, culture, and community and featured music, dancing, food, and more.
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."
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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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.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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Excellent Mexican food was prepared and sold at a number of the tents.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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Music and dancing were popular at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center.  Springdale  AR  May 5  2012
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Jones Center. Springdale, AR May 5, 2012
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Proceeds from the celebration benefit the HWOA Scholarship Fund.
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