Cinco de Mayo Festival

By Staci Mauney

Each May, families from across western Oklahoma gather at the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Clinton, Okla., to celebrate their ethnic heritage and enjoy authentic Mexican food and play games. The festival, sponsored by the Western Plains Library System (WPLS), takes place in McClain Rogers Park.

“The festival began 10 years ago in the street in front of the library,” said Kathy Atchley, WPLS small branch coordinator and branch manager for Clinton Pubic Library. “The event has grown to 2,000 to 3,500 people each year, and we take up the entire park.”

The Cinco de Mayo Festival is an event that honors the culture of Hispanic families in western Oklahoma through a variety of family-friendly events. Children come to the Cinco de Mayo festival for the games. Gathering around a piñata, the children are blindfolded by sponsors who oversee the event. Once the blindfolds are in place, the children start swinging at the piñata. When the piñata bursts, children scamper to gather handfuls of their favorite candies.

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