Another Beautiful Cinco de Mayo

Adrienne Garbini , HEART of Saguache

Thank you to all who came out for and participated in Saguache’s 3rd Annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The fiesta generated a lively day of activity in Downtown Saguache with many contributors. HEART of Saguache/KV organized and hosted the event bringing together a wide array of entertainment, volunteers, exhibitions, and vendors; including Mountain Valley Student entrepreneurs who were selling their creations. HEART would like to thank Deano Maes for his expert sound production. We also want to recognize our performers. The Mountain Valley Preschool dancers were a huge hit. In addition; Los Vecinos Bailladores, the Old School Band, Evan Samora and Evan’s students all provided wonderful entertainment.

From the car show to the food, the Saguache Cinco de Mayo Celebration was a great celebration of Hispanic culture. Photo: Saguache Today

The Cinco de Mayo Car Show was huge this year with several Valley car clubs participating. Awards were given for Best Project, Best Rims, Club Participation, Street Machine, Best Oldie, Best Euro, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Truck, Best Custom, Early Bird, and the People’s Choice. Jamie Dominguez from Alamosa was instrumental in helping to set up and organize the car show, making trophies and bringing in participants from around the valley. Our local judges; Steve Armenta, Austyn Hammel and Tim Torres also deserve a huge thank you for their participation and careful consideration of each entry.

The event also highlighted local art and cultural demonstrations. The Mountain Valley Art Students displayed their work at the Range, with a special exhibition by Heaven Harford of her drawings and puppets. The Silver Building featured a stunning exhibition of local Colcha artists including; Patsy Garcia, Nyla Thompson, Delores Worely, Mary Baker, Lupe Tafoya, Bena Lovato, and Margie Gurule. Myron Chavez came from New Mexico to demonstrate adobe brick building on 4th Street. He allowed spectators to mix the mud with their feet which proved to be very popular. Iris Garcia and family taught tortilla making with delicious results.

Good food and cold beer was available at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration to help raise funds for the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department.

Family activities went on all day on the beautiful Courthouse Lawn. Alicia Mancha, Lacy Reed and friends created gorgeous henna tattoos and did face painting alongside family games and crafts. The Saguache Volunteer Fire department was wonderful as usual, serving up frito pies, margaritas, and beer.

Thank you again to all in the community for coming to celebrate our local culture and history. HEART is looking forward to putting together an even larger fiesta in 2020. Please get in touch with suggestions or to volunteer at

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