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Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 7 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Media Contact: James Booker, (903) 670-2266, icle__media__contact">Media Contact: James Booker, (903) 670-2266, james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov

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ATHENS—The Athens community will celebrate the joint heritage of Texas and Mexico with a day of dance, food and fishing at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on Saturday, May 7.

The event will feature performances of traditional Mexican dances in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will present a hawks and owls show at 1:00 p.m. Athens area restaurants will compete in a salsa contest, which will be judged at 2:30 p.m.

All Cinco de Mayo activities are included with regular admission to TFFC.

Highlights of the dance performances include appearances by Grupo Folklorico Esplendor de mi Tierra, Athens area elementary students, and the Crossroads High School band.

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will do walk-around displays of birds including owls and hawks throughout the day. Visitors will be able to see the birds at close range and learn about their abilities and habits.

El San Luis Restaurant will serve food in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center.

Athens High School Key Club and National Honors Society students will be decorating the facility and volunteering during the event.

Sponsors of the event include Morrison Supply, Red Hat Rentals, First State Bank, Citizens National Bank, Aaron’s Sales and Lease, AgPower, Holiday Inn and Friends of TFFC.

Schedule of Events

  • 11:30 a.m. Grupo Folklorico Esplendor de mi Tierra dance performance
  • 12:00 p.m. Dance performances by Athens ISD students
  • 12:30 p.m. Crossroads High School band
  • 1:00 p.m. Hawks and Owls of Texas
  • 1:30 p.m. Athens ISD students dance performance
  • 2:00 p.m. Grupo Folklorico Esplendor de mi Tierra dance performance
  • 2:30 p.m. Salsa contest judging