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Cinco de Mayo Festival

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About the Event

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Travel south of the border as the Historic Valley Junction Foundation presents our 13th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from Noon to 10:00 pm. Located in the 200 & 300 Blocks of 5th Street in historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines, IA, visitors are invited to enjoy Mexican foods, artwork, live music, dancing and family activities.

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12:00-8:00pm- Kids Activites  (Include bounce houses, mechanical animal rides, face painting, balloon art, crafts, pinatas and more! 

2:00-4:00pm-Mariachi Aguilar

4:00-4:30-Cinco de Mayo King & Queen Coronation

4:30-5:00pm-Folkloric Dancers


7:00-7:45pm-Folkloric Dancers

8:00-10:00pm-Tony Valdez Large Band

Celebrating the Mexican heritage of many railroad workers during the establishment years of Valley Junction, this festival is an opportunity to recognize the Mexican community who helped James Jordan’s vision of bringing the railroad to the Des Moines area become a reality. In honor of our strong heritage, we will also present a proclamation and announcement of our Cinco de Mayo King and Queen.

Valley Junction was established in 1846 when its first settler, James Jordan arrived. The name Valley Junction was chosen because it was located in the valley of the Raccoon River and served as the junction for the railroad. By 1900, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad had moved its operation to the area. After the railroad boom ended, Valley Junction slowed its pace and changed its official name to West Des Moines in 1938. Many family members of the original railroad workers still live in the Valley Junction area today.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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Saturday, May 6, 2017
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Historic Valley Junction

200 & 300 blocks of 5th Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265

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